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Hunting Commentary

Nov 18, 2008
Editor's Note:  
   The U.S. Farm Report Mailbag that aired November 15-16, 2008 generated quite a bit of response.  We are posting John's commments in their entirety, followed by several viewer reactions:

     TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAIL BAG...
     WHILE I NORMALLY DON'T USE ANONYMOUS COMMUNICATIONS, THIS WOMAN'S PHONE CALL RAISES A LARGER POINT FOR ME:
     "I WAS DISGUSTED BY THE OFFENSIVE PIECE YOU RAN ABOUT DOVE HUNTING. HOW COULD KILLING HARMLESS BIRDS BE FUN?"
     CHIP FLORY AND HIS FELLOW HUNTERS CAN DEFEND THEIR SPORT WELL ENOUGH WITHOUT ME. I DO NOT HUNT, BUT I DON'T CARE IF OTHERS DO SO RESPONSIBLY. NOR WILL ANY INPUT FROM ME SWAY MANY MINDS.
     BUT THE TONE OF OUTRAGE AND ANGER IS THE MORE TELLING PART OF HER CALL. BECAUSE STRONG EMOTIONS MAKE FOR GOOD MEDIA WE TEND TO SPEND TOO MUCH TIME I THINK HIGHLIGHTING IRRITATING, ALBEIT MINOR ISSUES - AND THEREBY ENCOURAGING CONFRONTATION.
     BUT PERMANENT OUTRAGE OVER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO OR FAIL TO DO IS A LUXURY OF A PROSPEROUS AND FREE SOCIETY.
     IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED OUR ECONOMIC SHIP IS FOUNDERING IN HEAVY SEAS RIGHT NOW AND OUR FREEDOMS HAVE BEEN ERODED. 
     A SMALL AMOUNT OF TOLERANCE AND A LARGE PORTION OF CIVILITY WILL BE CRUCIAL AS WE TRY TO REBUILD THE TRUST REQUIRED FOR OUR ECONOMY TO WORK.
     I SUPPORT CHIP'S RIGHT TO HUNT, AND OUR VIEWER'S RIGHT TO PROTEST, BUT WE NO LONGER CAN AFFORD ABRASIVE IN-YOUR-FACE CONFRONTATION ON EVERY ISSUE.
     IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED TO GET ALONG AS WELL. THE ERA OF OUTRAGE IS OVER, IN MY OPINION.  RESTORING THE PACE OF PROGRESS IN OUR COUNTRY WILL REQUIRE FOREBEARANCE IN OUR RELATIONS WITH OUR NEIGHBORS.  WE MUST PICK OUR FIGHTS TODAY, AND THIS ONE IS WAY DOWN THE LIST.

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   It's true there are some irresponsible hunters out there that kill for sport.  It can also be said that there are hunters out there who kill to provide for their families.  When I was growing up, dove/quail hunting with my dad was not only a way to spend time together, it was also a way to reduce our grocery bill and make ends meet.  It has been said that wild birds and deer provide leaner meet without all the antibiotics, preservatives, etc. that store bought meets contain.  That anonymous caller should get the facts first before creating a firestorm of protest.  Debate is okay; but please, this lady needs to remember some people need to hunt to support their families.
Sincerely,
Rachel in Ohio
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   Good morning!  We aren't farmers. . .but we sometimes listen to your program while doing our morning exercises and find it very interesting.  This morning your editorial comments at the end of the program about being civil even when passionate were excellent.  Would it be possible to get a written copy? 
Thank you.  Lynne Santangelo
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Greetings...just a few minutes ago, I watched your program for the date of 16 Nov 2008. That's no big deal. But at the end of the program, you had a piece about a woman calling in angry about dove hunting, and about tolerance, picking our fights, etc.  I was blown away. So well said, so well thought out. (OK, not in that order, I hope) I could not agree more. As a lifelong Unitarian, the concepts espoused in the opinion are right up my alley, but I don't have the voice you have.  I want to Thank You for that piece.   You quite rightly pointed out, that we DO tend to get bogged down in the petty, the meaningless, and the spiteful. We really DO need to pick our battles. And we sure have enough of them we must deal with these days. I think most of us, whatever our background, race, color, or creed, can agree that we ought not melt down our planet, we should get the economy going, and things of that sort, things that REALLY DO matter.  We need to get our priorities in order!  In any case, I Thank You again for the piece, and hope you keep up the good work.
Chris Mills
Project Head: Project Connect Vets
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     My reaction to your comments to the anonymous anti dove hunting communicant was "A Ha!!. That's It!!"  May I have the text? And, may I have your permission to use it or parts of it in a radio program about the rights of citizens upon which I am scheduled to be a guest?  The show will be on 600kcol am radio at 10:00 am Nov. 29.
Bill Miller
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   On Saturday's show (November 15, 2008), John Phipps gave his usual editorial at the end of the show.  I didn't get to hear all of it, but liked what little I did hear.  I have checked on your website and on John's blog, but can't find his editorial.  Do you know how I could get a copy of it?
 
Thanks,
Hank Roth
Crime Prevention Coordinator
Morro Bay Police Department
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