READERS WRITE: JULY 13

Protesters should pay for pain, costs they inflict

Here we go again: Some self-absorbed “protester” has disrupted a segment of America to bring 15 minutes of fame to their cause – in this case, on our nation’s most sacred holiday and on one of our sacred monuments. The nitwit climbed the Statue of Liberty and displaced thousands of peaceful visitors who had paid to visit the shrine of freedom. It happens all the time – some “jumper” shuts down the Connector for hours, disrupting thousands of motorists and causing tens of thousands of dollars’ damage and delay. A drunk or loony (or both) causes a flight to be diverted due to a cabin disruption, again causing delays and dollars to be wasted. If this were to happen to me, I’d be first in line for a class-action suit against these individuals so that they might feel the financial pain of their actions. If you want to protest, the AJC will print it right here for you, for free.

RAP MCBURNEY, JACKSONS GAP, ALA.

New regulation violates spirit of fair hunting

On June 27, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board, with the concurrence of DNR Commissioner Mark Williams, passed a regulation allowing shooting white-tailed deer over bait in North Georgia. They complied with an executive order by Gov. Nathan Deal, but violated longstanding regulatory precedent of the hunting of game animals in our state. This was the most politically tainted hunting regulation change in decades and hearkens back to the days before scientific wildlife management. In this case, all input from wildlife biologists was muted by Commissioner Williams. The normal process of setting deer hunting regulations is initiated by wildlife biologists based on deer population density and hunting pressure. When the process is preempted by a political order, there is reason to be worried about the future of both. And when killing animals eating at a pile of corn becomes legal, our proud tradition of fair chase hunting is over.

LARRY MCSWAIN, COVINGTON

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