To the editor:
This letter is in response to the Community Perspective, "Opponents of state wolf control are Alaskans," by Nick Jans, Aug. 10, 2008. Jans states he is a representative of Alaskans for Wildlife, a sponsor of Ballot Measure No. 2. He states the majority of Alaskans will join him in voting "yes" to measure 2. My vote will be "no."
Jans' arrogant and long-winded article makes it appear he knows all there is to know about this issue, and I'm sure if you asked him he would verify that he does. It is easy to see how his organization got 57,000 signatures with so much misinformation and distortion they apparently put out.
I voted on the previous two aerial hunting issues. It's funny, but I don't recall voting on "limited aerial predator control." Seems to me I remember voting against "aerial hunting" both times. Perhaps Jans can explain how I must be mistaken? Or, perhaps Jans is distorting the previous votes just a little, as he has accused others? At any rate the state hunting laws were changed to disallow aerial hunting and same-day land-and-shoot hunting to boot. (Hunting, not predator control.)
I support our Alaska Department of Fish and Game to handle predator control. Contrary to Jans, I think most folks with common sense know the difference between hunting and predator control and it's not the same, no matter what Jans' dictionary says. Voters should read the State of Alaska's 2008 ballot measure guide which was mailed out some time ago. Another good read is the pamphlet put out by Fish and Game, "Understanding Intensive Management and Predator Control." These will give the voter a fairly good overall view of the issues.
Hugh Keith, Fairbanks