News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 29, 2013

Readers’ Forum: March 29, 2013

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A new definition

for deer hunting

The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.

Make no mistake about it. These are not “hunting” facilities and they pose a serious threat to the health of Indiana’s wild deer population and to Indiana’s real deer-hunting economy.

That is why the legislation and the facilities are opposed by genuine deer-hunting associations and conservation organizations alike.

Typically, a customer (they say “hunter”) selects an animal from a website with unique antlers they want on their wall. The animal is then shipped from wherever and whatever state it is located in and released within a fenced-in enclosure to be shot by the customer at his convenience.

This is their definition of “hunting.”

These facilities are suspected in the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and are often so poorly regulated that their in-bred and domesticated deer often escape to pollute the genetics of wild deer populations.

These things are unethical and dangerous to Indiana’s wildlife and hunting economy. Please tell your state representatives to oppose this legislation and shut these facilities down.

— Jim Sweeney


State time zone

deserves study

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma are opposing proposals for a legislative study to review Indiana’s time zone.

Eastern time was imposed on Hoosiers over 50 years ago and has never been properly vetted. We don’t know if Eastern time has benefited Hoosiers or not. As of now, all we have are unproven assertions and conflicting opinions.

There are some facts beyond dispute. Hoosiers who set their clocks to Eastern time have on average the latest sunrises and darkest mornings in the 48 adjacent states. Numerous studies have revealed since 1961 Indiana’s relative standing among the states has declined in education, personal health, and financial well-being.

We don’t know if the declines and dark mornings are related, but it behooves us to find out. Gov. Pence’s stated goal is to make Indiana a better place to live. But if the General Assembly leadership refuses to study reasonable possibilities, there is little hope the governor’s aspirations will be realized.

A time zone study needs to be conducted no matter how inconvenient the truth discovered is to some.

Our posterity deserves nothing less.

— Jim Burdsall