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Updated: January 8, 2013 6:03AM
Big-picture view needed when discussing deer cull
I understand the emotional ties some Ogden Dunes residents have to “our” deer.
I, too, love to live where I can see duneland wildlife and plant life every day.
Emotions, however, can blind one to the bigger picture, the greater need. I don’t care that deer have destroyed the bushes around my house; I’ll plant something else. I do care that they are becoming tame and so numerous, they’re destroying the very resources they depend on outside our community.
Because deer are large and beautiful, they represent wildness to many of us. But many other animals — and the plants they depend on for food and cover — are equally a part of the dunes’ web of life. They may not be as noticeable and charismatic as deer, but their place in our shared habitat should be respected and defended.
Beverly Shores, Dune Acres and Indiana Dunes State Park have recognized this problem and chosen to keep the deer populations to a manageable number.
To the people who say, “The deer were here first,” why did you come here to live on their home turf?
Humans have done a great deal of damage to wildlife and wild places, but we can’t make things right by leaving things alone. We must take responsibility for managing what is left for the good of all species.
Deer have no predators here; there is no natural check on their numbers other than disease, starvation and car crashes. Please trust the opinions of wildlife biologists and ecologists, who are in the field regularly, about how to manage wildlife problems.
You can steal election signs, but not the ability to vote
A couple days before the election, one of the political signs on my lawn disappeared.
Which candidate the sign promoted is irrelevant. The issue is that this deed doesn’t just constitute trespassing and theft; it also constitutes a blow against the most deeply held beliefs of our democracy.
I normally despise the word “un-American.” It’s just an attempt to demonize your opposition. But, in this case, it applies.
That theft, in effect, is telling people they can’t vote for whomever they want. They don’t have the power of choice. They have to shut up and follow the direction someone else chooses.
The day after the election, I was in front of my daughter’s school, telling a friend that, more than anything, I love the process. I love having the ability and the power to choose and to make my voice heard.
When I was my daughter’s age, back in my native country, I walked to school past military police stationed on every street corner — men who had the power to do anything they wanted, to anyone. They could make you disappear, then make up a charge later if they were bored.
You had no power.
You had no choice.
The person who made my sign disappear is like the person who deployed those soldiers into the streets — a tyrant.