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CWD fears overblown

TO THE EDITOR

While (columnist) Mike Reiter is correct in some of his recommendations to manage Chronic Wasting Disease, perhaps CWD is not as bad as we fear.

CWD was first discovered three decades ago in a research facility in Colorado. It has spread throughout the state and into neighboring states. Yet hunting opportunities are still aplenty in those areas. Researchers looked at Colorado and Wisconsin and did not find CWD having any significant effect on deer populations. In fact, the only management units where the deer herds in Wisconsin are growing are in the CWD zone. And to top that off, 20-50 percent of the best bucks killed in Wisconsin (depending on the weapon) are taken from the CWD zone and the buck that nearly broke the state record came from the CWD zone. If CWD is truly devastating to deer herds, how is all of this possible?

Reiter is correct that carcass imports are one possible vector for CWD to spread unwittingly. Some states like Wisconsin and Minnesota are not doing a good job enforcing bans on carcass imports. We need that to change if we are serious about stopping the spread of CWD.

However, an overall ban on transporting live deer or elk is not appropriate. Transport of these animals is already regulated at the federal and state level. All animals moved must be part of a CWD surveillance program with mandatory testing for the disease and mandatory tracking of all animals moved. Deer and elk farming is the most regulated agricultural industry. Banning the movement of farmed deer and elk will not stop the spread of CWD.

Laurie Seale

Vice President of Whitetails of Wisconsin

Public invited to Duffy town hall

TO THE EDITOR

The New Richmond Forward Action group would like to invite any interested person or persons to a town hall meeting, with or without Rep. Sean Duffy on Thursday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Ready Randy's in New Richmond.

This meeting is hosted by Hudson WISC Indivisible, Polk Burnett Indivisible, Forward Action New Richmond and Hudson Prairie Indivisible. We plan to have productive dialogue regarding current issues in our national government. It is our hope that Mr. Duffy will attend and that he will allow more discourse than was allowed at the February town hall in New Richmond.

Holding a town hall at night, rather than with only several hours notice during the day, should allow for more constituents to attend. There are signs posted on Hwy. 64 advertising that, "Sean Duffy and Ron Johnson are working for you." Part of that work should include meeting with and listening to their constituents.

Cheryl Boetcher

New Richmond

Help this boy with his reports

TO THE EDITOR

Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Wisconsin as I work on my report.

I am writing to you to ask you to please publish my letter in the letters to the editor section of your newspaper. It enhances my learning about the state when I hear from actual people who live in and love their state!

Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and websites. We also like to get information from people who live in the state too. This is why I'm writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some items to helmp me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article, or any other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below. I really appreciate your help!

Porter Hill

Mr. McConaughy's Class

Charlotte Latin School

9502 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 25277

Earth Day: Participate

TO THE EDITOR

As Wisconsinites, we can count the founding of Earth Day in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson as one of the finest gifts our state has given to the nation.

Sen. Nelson launched Earth Day in a year of great constructive change that included President Richard Nixon¹s signing of the Clean Air Act and establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. In his State of the Union address, President Nixon declared the 1970s as "a historic period when, by conscious choice [we] transform our land into what we want it to become."

Our present hyper-politicized divisions can make us nostalgic for those days when a general bipartisan agreement to do what was best for the environment created landmark legislation.

The government initiatives of 1970 responded to health and environmental crises faced by the United States. Today's crisis is far more widespread, threatening the entire world. Present projections indicate that by the end of this century atmospheric CO2 levels could reach their highest concentration in 50 million years, resulting in environmental and social chaos.

It seems our peculiar misfortune that some of America's most powerful leaders deny the threat that climate change poses to the environment and to the stability of civilization as we know it.

Robinson Meyer, who covers environmental issues for The Atlantic Monthly, has noted that in no other country on earth does a major right-center political party take a position of denial and inaction on climate change. The politicization of environmental issues in America is irresponsible and immoral.

Now, 47 years after its founding, another Earth Day approaches.

An overwhelming majority of Americans support a healthy environment. Find a local event to participate in and let your elected representatives know you expect them to put partisanship aside and work for the good of the whole planet.

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls

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