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2 Wednesday, September 25, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune Senate Bill 50 senseless To the Editor: Last week's paper gave the parameters of Senate Bill 50, which MacMaster and Pettalia both voted for in the house. It passed 88 to 20. I'd like to know if someone - anyone - within the readership of the Tribune can ex- plain to me what the second part of this bill means? The second part reads "...to require the DNR to desig- nate at least two days each year as free ORV-riding days, when no ORV license is required." As I read it...this makes no sense. Who would buy and own an ORVwithout having the proper license to begin with? What would be the point of owning one and not having the proper license to use it? Are there actually people out there who own one of these who do not have the proper license because they're just sitting around waiting for two free days in order to ride their ORV? I don't understand. Or are they already riding illegally because they don't have the proper license and so why not reward them with two free days? Does this mean that we can look forward to two free days ofboatingwithout a boat license too? Or perhaps two free days ofdrivingwithout a proper driver's license? Let's see: how about two free days of hunting without alicense; two free days ofcampingin State Parks without a permit. In this world one needs a license to do just about everything. Why should ORV operators get a break any more than other licensees? I assume that MacMaster and Pettalia would also be in favor of two days each year when ORV's can run rampant on any and all roads with- out a proper license too. After all, this is the logic behind two free days to begin with. Hard to believe two Repub- licans want to add one more thing that's free to the roster of government giveaways. So, if I'm missing the point would someone please enlighten me? Thanks. A1 Grund, Atlanta, MI MJchiganders being taxed to death To the Editor: Mike Laven's letterin the Sept. 18 edition of the Tribune highlighting the coming $1 "tax" on our electric meters is just one more example of what this Republican admin- istration has been doing to the people of Michigan. They have taken away the Homestead Tax Exemption for nearly all of Michigan homeowners. They are in- creasing license and vehicle fees, state park fees, and now they are ready to start taxing online purchases ,and only God knows what else they have up their sleeves. I thought Republicans were conservatives? Gov. Snyder and his administration are wolves in sheeps' clothing. Their tax and fee increases are hyped as to balancing the state budget. I have yet to see one example of this admin- istration cutting costs, anywhere! Michigan's legislators are some of the highest paid in the country. How about they take a pay cut and help the state out? It would seem they spend their time in Lansing dreaming up more ways to get the people's money. As a.Republican I have been tricked into thinking Snyder would be good for Michigan; I was wrong, dead wrong. Dave LeBarre, Hillman Mandatory antler point restridions Letter to Editor: In the next few weeks, 2,000 hunters who completed a 2012 deer hunter survey will receive a DNR survey to vote on mandatory antler point restrictions (APR) for 10 northern MI counties, limiting a first buck to three points on a side. Acceptance requires 66% support but the NRC has final approval. Mandatory APR does not world Harvesting the best and leaving the rest allows the scrubs to keep living, breeding and producing geneti- cally poor quality offspring (bucks and does). Proposal G of 1996 granted the NRC authority to man- age our game by sound science. The DNR states there is no biological benefit from APR, so why entertain these socially based proposals? The DNR estimates a 7% decrease in license sales as a result of proposed license fee increases. Every dollar lost in license sales is a three dollar reduction in federal funding. License sales under mandatory APR will nega- tively impact hunter retention and recruitment. Why should a small social group dictate for the vast majority? The DNR should focus on priority issues like hunter retention and recruitment rather than enforcing mandatory APR. Solution: Hunters and land owners can practice their own deer management; APR, culling, doe and buck ratios, and habitat improvement with food plots, all on a voluntary basis without being mandated. Hunters who would be satisfied harvesting a scrub rack that needs culling (inferior bucks) can enjoy a deer har- vest and improve the herd genetics. Lets keep our deer herd healthy and in line with habitat. Talk to your hunting friends about the surveys and the pitfalls of MandatoryAPR. Please help, and if you receive a survey, vote "no." Our hunting heritage is at risk for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Thanks and good hunting Mid-Michigan Sportsmen Alliance Clare, Michigan Officers Dave Cooper and Lynn Gould 989-785-4214 PO Box 186, Atlanta, MI 49709 www.montmorencytribune.com Read th00bune on the Web! U.P. Honor Flight mission experience unforgettable To the Editor: I had the privilege and honor of accompanying a World War II veteran on this week's U.P. Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C. Being a part of this flight was a tremendous experience I will never forget. These veterans, like all who have proudly worn a uni- form for the United States Armed Forces, have provided a great service to our nation, and they deserve our grati- tude and respect. They also deserve the assurance that their needs will be met, regardless of what phase of life they are in. Spending time with those 75 Upper Peninsula veter- ans, hearing their stories and watching them experience our nation's capital reminded me of just how important our obligation to our veterans is, and how important it is that our veterans are making use of the benefits and services available to them. I encourage all veterans, as I encouraged the veterans on the flight this week, to review the benefits they may be eligible for and make sure they are making use of all they are entitled to. For instance, many World War II and Korean Conflict veterans qualify for VA Healthcare, a VA pension or VA aid and attendance benefits, among oth- ers. ff you or someone you love has served in the Armed Forces, there may be many benefits and services avail- able to you. Contact the County Veterans Service Officer in your community or call the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 517-284-5298 to learn more. 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