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t 2 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune al To the Editor: Guest Commentary - What is a Hero by Terrie Taurianinen couldn't have been published at a better time. As a surviving spouse of a 30 year Navy veteran, the commentary brought back many memories of my 26 years of traveling from base to base with my husband. The points that Terrie brought out are exactly what we experienced. We often joked about the times when we had more month than money. These men and women who choose a military career, do so because of their love of our country. Whenever I see a man or woman in uniform, I am reminded that no matter what their par- ticular job is, they are our protectors. Thank you, Terrie, for reminding us that there are he- roes in our country and our communities, and they deserve our respect and gratitude. Sincerely, Eleanor Lutze, Hillman antler point restrictions To the Editor: The majority of Michigan's whitetail deer hunters are about to get a big surprise thanks to a minority of avid and passionate but selfish hunter activists. Through so- cial and political relationships with those in authority within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, they are demanding regulation changes statewide that will enhance their hunting expe- rience at the expense of the majority. How will they achieve this?They will achieve this by passing regula- tions that require all hunters practice antler point re- strictions. Their goals are to achieve a 3/4 restriction in zones I and 2 and a 4/4 restriction for zone 3. By doing this, they are asking the NRC to put their trophy rooms ahead of our family heritage and hunting traditions. Also, they are taking away our right to choose how to put venison in our freezers. The Wildlife Division has stated many times that man- datory antler point restrictions are not needed for bio- logical reasons, and will not improve or enhance the health of the resource. They also state publicly that the Division supports the voluntary implementation of ant- ler point restrictions, but privately, they have been work- ing with these groups to expand these mandatory re- strictions statewide. Additionally, the last MAWs survey in the Northwest Lower Peninsula, 12 Counties, was fraught with bias toward the sponsoring okganization and compromised throughout the process. They have been successful so far because of what they believe is apathy on the part of the majority of Michigan's average Joe, non-affiliated deer hunters. I believe "dis- traction" is a better word. Just because they don't eat, sleep and breathe deer hunting 24/7 and 12 months a year like the pro-MAR's hunters, they are being pun- ished. Is this fair because their families, faiths, jobs, hobbies and other interest take priority over deer hunt- ing the other 10 or 11 months of the year? I say no! The decision for the NW 12 County proposal will be made at the next NRC meeting in Lansing on June 13th at the MSU Diagnostic Center, 4125 Beaumont Road. It is imperative to act nowI Voice your disapproval of Manda- tory Antler Restrictions by an e-mail to the NRC at www.whippledl@michigan.gov or join us in person at the meeting site on June 13th as Michigan SMART Hunt- ers are organizing opposition for this proposal. For more information, go to our web-site at www.michigansmarthunters.com. Just remember, for these minority groups to succeed, it just takes-a majority of good hunters to be silent. Curds Stone, Howell, MI Michigan conservation officers offer tips for safe boating The Michigan Department of NaturalResources' conser- vation officers remind Michigan residents to practice safety when boating. The DNR encourages Michigan residents and visitors to" Wear a life jacket: More than 80 percent of drowning accidents in the United States are due to people not wear: ing their life jackets. Make sure your boat is properly equipped and your equipment is in good working order. In addition to all legally required equipment, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, always carry a first-aid kit, nautical charts and an anchor. Make sure your navigation lights are work- ing properly, Avoid drinking alcohol. Nearly half of all boating acci- dents involve alcohol. Studies showthat passengers are 10 times more likely to fall overboard when they have con- sumed alcohol. File a float plan. Always let a family member or friend on shore know the who, what, when and where of your trip, and when you are expected back. Give them phone num- bers for the local sheriff or U.S. Coast Guard in the event you don't retum when expected. Maintain a sharp lookout. Stay alert for other boats, swimmers, skiers and objects in the water. This is espe- cially true when operating in crowded waterways, at night and during conditions of restricted visibility. Carry a marine radio or cell phone. Be prepared to call for help in case you are involved in an accident, your boat becomes disabled or you otherwise need assistance. Pro- gram the phone numbers for the county sheriff or U.S. Coast Guard in your cell phone. Make sure your cell phone is fullycharged, but be aware that there are often gaps in coverage on the water. In Michigan, anyone 6 years of age or younger must wear a life jacket when on the open deck of any vessel. But wearingapersonal flotation device (PFD) is recommended for everyone. .- . __ Dean Miller, age 53, of Lewiston was found guilty of being a disorderly drunk person. He was assessed fines totaling $275, placed on probation for 6 months, ordered to complete outpatient treatment, and received 30 days in jail held in abeyance. Chad Kamen, age 27, of Atlanta was found guilty of operating with the presence of a controlled substance. He was fined a total of $1,065, ordered to serve 6 days with 3 days credit for impact weekend, placed on probation for 12 months, and ordered to complete outpatient treat- ment. Roy Heidrich, age 62, of Hillman was found guilty of operating while intoxicated. He was ordered to pay $1,205, placed on probation for 24 months, and the ve- hicle used in the offense shall be immobilized or for- feited. Joel Knunbach, age 26, of Atlanta was found guilty of using the emergency 911 service for an unauthorized purpose. He was assessed fines totaling $1,125, placed on probation for 12 months, and received 30 days in jail, with 56 days held in abeyance. Gerald LaPointe, age 52, of Johannesburg was found guilty of domestic violence. He was fined $1,115, placed on probation for 12 months, and received 6 months in jail delayed one year. Douglas Webb, age 58, of Atlanta was found guilty of being a disorderly person/disturbing the peace. He was ordered to pay $1,025 and placed on probation for 12 months. Ryan Mayers, age 34, of Lewiston was found guilty of unlawful use of a license plate. He was fined $498. Joshua Thompson, age 40, of Garden City was found guilty of driving while license suspended/revoked/de- nied. He was assessed fines totaling $520. Robert Cobum, age 31, of Gaylord was found guilty of driving while license suspended/revoked/denied. He was fined $875 and received 30 days in jail held in abey- ance. Timothy Lowe, age 41, of Ossineke was found guilty of having no insurance under the insurance code. He was ordered to pay $390 and received 30 days in jail held in abeyance. Kenneth Lounsbery, age 41, of Hillmanwas found guilty of hax lg no insurance under the insurance code. He was fined $375 and received 90 days in jail delayed one year. Amy Creech, age 40, of Atlanta was found guilty of having no insurance under the insurance code. She was fined $375 and received 90 days in jail delayed one year. Questions, Anyone? Leanl more about federal government programs, benefits, and services. Just call toll-free 1-800-FED-INFO or visit www.pueblo, gsa.goMcall. U.S. General Services Administration Letters Policy The Montmorency Tribune welcomes public comment in its Letters to the Editoi~ sec- tion. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of this publ'lcation. Letters to the Editor must be approximately 400 words or less and must contain the authors name, city, state, and a daytime phone number where the author may be con- tacted. Your phone number not be printed. Letters will be published as space is available and if we determine that the content is potentially interesting to our readers, is timely and whether similar letters have been previously published. 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