Friday, October 19, 2012

HJR2 is unnecessary

HJR2 is a proposition in search of a problem. HJR2 was put on the ballot not by citizens, but by the Legislature.

HJR2 would take wildlife decisions away from Idaho voters by preventing any future wildlife initiatives. The founders of our state valued the initiative process. HJR2 would put wildlife decisions in the hands of politicians. There is no threat to hunting, fishing and trapping in Idaho. The right to hunt, fish and trap has been protected by Idaho Code 36-103 since the Department of Fish and Game was established in 1938. HJR2 is a frivolous use of our constitutional amendment process.

Using science-based management methods, the professional wildlife biologists at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are better suited to manage our wildlife than our politicians.

If we let politicians take away our right to vote on wildlife issues, what other issues will be next? Protect your liberties and freedoms! Vote “NO” on HJR2 Nov. 6.

Kathy Richmond


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