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Sinnott Deserves Slap on the Wrist, Perhaps, But He Got the Idea Right

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / July 30, 2005

I was disappointed to read that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has censured wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott over comments he made to a Daily News reporter last week ("State hogties bear expert over remarks," July 28). I can understand that his supervisors might want to slap him on the wrist for publicly suggesting he might "beat the crap" out of someone for dumping fish in the middle of the city. Clearly, the department doesn't actually condone violence. But I give Sinnott credit for putting an appropriate label on the fish dumpers.

One of the great things about living in Alaska is the colorful personalities of other Alaskans. Personally, I got a good chuckle when I read Sinnott's quote last week. Perhaps it was a tad inappropriate, but the basic emotion he was expressing was right on. (Note to reactionary letter to the editor writers here: I'm not condoning violence. I'm appreciating his frustration.)

Sure, slap the guy on the wrist, but leave him out there doing his job. Personally, I give him credit for calling a spade a spade.

Erin Harrington / Juneau

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