- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2001

After a recent column concerning Charles County, Md., officials' decision to shut down a popular boat launching facility to tournament groups, reader John Konnert's e-mail reflects the majority of the letters we received.
Konnert wrote, "Concerning bass tournaments held on local waters and organized by national or out of state parties, I come down strongly in favor of closing the Friendship Landing launch site on Nanjemoy Creek to such tournaments. It is a step that goes a long way toward assuring access to the river for local people. Let [the tournament people from out of state] vie for use of one or two of the largest local Potomac River sites, Smallwood and Leesylvania one each in Virginia and Maryland.
"Also, to put my two cents in, I vote that no tournaments be held near the height of the spawning season that do not in some way record and release the fish immediately at the place they are caught.
"Also, if you are going to kill fish, you should eat them as my wife and I are going to enjoy doing with a batch of bluegills caught last night."
Arizonans for Gov. Glendening Thanks to the Washington Times' Web page, we now receive mail from all over the country. John and Nancy Arnold of Green Valley, Ariz., who saw last Wednesday's column about Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening appointing a task force to study non-lethal ways of managing wildlife (which local hunters immediately perceived as an anti-hunting move), wrote, "We support Gov. Glendening's efforts. As humans continue to encroach on the habitats of [wildlife] species, it behooves us to seriously consider how we can deal ethically with our own destruction of the natural world.
"It is too bad that Gene Mueller is still living in the 18th Century."
(Note to the Arnolds: Some of us here in Maryland would trade governors sight unseen. We take yours, you take Gov. Glendening.)
New Mexicans for Gov. Glendening On the same non-lethal wildlife management subject, William Burgess e-mailed a pointed note from Las Cruces, N.M., that in part said, "[Mueller] supposes that a small population of hunters have rights and other people do not. Hunting is not a sport.
"Hunters contribute nothing to wildlife or the environment. Mueller needs to get his facts straight before publishing an article like this."
New Yorkers for Gov. Glendening From Hillary Rodham Clinton's most recent favorite home state, Wendy Lochner writes, "I do not appreciate the virulent hate mongering of Gene Mueller's Aug. 1 column. Somehow hunters and their paid voices just don't get the fact that the majority of Americans are opposed to hunting."
Lochner, who also mentions that without us having rats, the human race might become extinct, is wrong when she says that the majority of Americans opposes hunting. In fact, the majority supports well-regulated recreational hunting and agrees that it is a suitable management tool when wildlife species overpopulate available habitat. A U.S. government survey says so.
A vote against the Guv The Virginia Hunting Dog Owners' Association's Bob Kane, who spends plenty of time in Maryland and Virginia, regarding the study of managing wildlife through non-lethal methods simply e-mailed, "Nice piece on the dangers inherent in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' task force."
Kane knows what Gov. Glendening is up to.
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