Editor’s note: The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy will hold a remote (virtual) public hearing on three hunting-related bills Thursday, February 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m: S.129, transferring rule-making authority from the Fish & Wildlife Board to the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife; S.201, prohibiting the use of leghold traps; and S.281, prohibiting hunting coyotes with dogs.
by Pat Finnie
I was, for 15 years, a Security Officer for the State of Vermont. As part of my duties I pulled security duty at the State House for large hearings, which consisted of checking people coming into the building for contraband.
One hearing which stands out, though not exceptional, was the “same sex marriage” hearing where my post was the Aiken Ave. West wing doors. That night I personally saw four Premier Tour Line buses pull up on Aiken Ave, and watched as the occupants (mostly college students) came in, were checked for contraband (unauthorized signs, and weapons) and then allowed in.
The vast majority of these people were not residents of the State of Vermont, but quite a few expressed the intent to sign in to speak at this hearing. At these hearings, as I am sure you realize, there is a limited amount of time to speak, and for every non-citizen of the State of Vermont to speak, a voting citizen is denied that right. I hope that issue has been addressed, and does not happen here, in this “Zoom” platform meeting.
Now, regarding the three bills (S129, S201, & S281) All of these bills are being proposed by an anti-hunting constituency that wants to end sport hunting, and trapping in the State of Vermont.
If that takes time, and is painfully incremental, that is what they will do. They realize that they are not going to get their wish list filled in one Legislative session.
Let’s say that each of these bills on the anti-hunters’ wish list is granted, do you suppose that they will not be back next year with a new improved wish list? Don’t let the instigators of these bills, some of whom claim to be “hunters” fool you. More often than not, they don’t know a pump shotgun from an AR, or a Brittany from a Bluetick.
They would like you to believe that this renewable natural resource is being mismanaged, but if this is the case, why do we have more whitetail deer, turkeys, black bear and moose (which were not even present in Vermont when I was a kid) than ever? There are even more of the invasive, non-native coyotes than ever before. If this is an example of mismanagement, I wish we had more mismanagers like these when it comes to my tax dollars! They’d be making more money than they spend, and we’d all be getting rebates every year!
In closing I would say keep these people off of the Fish and Wildlife Board, and anything else that they bring to you, please view it with, not just a grain of salt, but a shaker full, and rule in favor of those that have been managing our resources so well that it is a threat to those that oppose them. Don’t let anybody tell you this is not about Vermont tradition vs. Flatland ideals, it is, and it really is that simple.
The author is a Calais resident and frequent commentator on Vermont Daily Chronicle news articles.
Not right. The legislature is there to listen to and respond to the citizens of VT – NOT a bunch of probably paid teenage “activists”.
And this is the case regardless of which side of the isle one is on. I’ve stated before, I’m a proud long-term, active, Christian conservative but abhor leg hold trapping here – but I would never expect this legislature to pay any heed to my voice unless I were a VT citizen, which I am & have been for decades.
No more paid activists.
No more non-citizens voting.
No more out-of-state VT college kids voting UNLESS they have legally changed their place of residence, are no longer “dependents” on their parent’s out-of-state tax returns, & it can be proven they do NOT vote in their state of origin as well.
Election funding reform
Reports of voter fraud THOROUGHLY examined.
Kathy, the legislature is there to listen and respond to the citizens of Vermont! Sounds good but they all seem to be listening to the GLOBALISTS and the far left. the legislature seems to be comprised of mostly aged teenage out of state activists. (just my observation).
Agreed. And it doesn’t help that 2/3 of the VT legislators are not from Vermont. That doesn’t mean, of course that I believe that Americans from other states shouldn’t serve – but serving the population is not at all what they are doing.
They have zero regard for VT culture or tradition (yes, I realize trapping is a tradition, but I’m open & honest enough to give my own opinion after research on that specific topic), they are now often rude, dismissive, & arrogant toward their constituency, and they are actively creating policies that promote crime, the use & abuse of drugs, a never-ending litany of social-welfare programs that attract yet more indigent individuals to the state, etc. etc.
Keep Vermont Vermont.
Just as sort of a post script if you will. I went on line Sunday to put my name in to speak my peace Thursday, and received a message that all the time allotted had already been allocated. It will be interesting to see how many and who were granted time to speak.
Thank you Patrick for speaking clearly to what’s really happening here. These people will not go away.. If they get their way with these bills it will be just another step towards completing their ultimate goal of ending all Vermont traditions that they and the animal rights groups find offensive. Common sense is gone in our state. We are being ruled by emotion. We need to keep fighting this trend or Vermont will just become the next California or New York.. VERMONTERS PLEASE STAND UP!