Our View...Thumbs up, thumbs down
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Thumbs up to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for sponsoring the free Hot Summer Nights Concert Series over the past month. What a fun thing to do with friends or family. If you haven’t made it to a concert yet, now is your last chance. Catch the Rock-a-Billy Revue at 7 p.m tonight (Thursday, Aug. 1). Come rain or shine, the concert will be held under the dome of the spectacular amphitheater.
Thumbs down to the decision by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to offer Band members the opportunity to kill up to 25 bull moose in an off-reservation hunt. With the moose population at dangerously low levels and still declining, it seems short sighted to keep killing them, no matter what your cultural heritage. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, moose numbers dropped from 8,000 in 2006, to 4,230 in 2012, to only 2,760 animals in 2013 (all figures are estimates). The DNR isn’t issuing permits, why would the Band? If the concern is making sure Band members have enough meat on the dinner table, can it not be something other than moose? Hopefully, hunters will make better decisions than their elected officials and not shoot any moose this year.
Thumbs up to the vendors at the Scanlon Farmers Market and at farmers markets everywhere. They make us healthier and offer a different kind of shopping experience on Saturday mornings in Scanlon. We’re lucky to have several farmers markets in Carlton County and we appreciate each one. Farmers markets bring farmers and consumers together, create a stronger local economy, provide consumers with fresh, nutritious, affordable local food, and create opportunities for family farmers <\_> especially beginners <\_> to diversify their operations and sell what they produce.
Thumbs up to the businesses and community groups that came through with some much needed cash donations to put Cloquet’s July Fourth celebrations in the black just days before the event. The Adult Softball League was willing to cover the entire deficit, but thanks to donations from the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post and Sappi Fine Papers, they didn’t have to.
While we’re at it, thumbs up to Jeff and Allyson Leno, for donating the bulk of the proceeds from the Sawdust 5K held July Fourth to help Cloquet students who need financial assistance with activity fees. It’s not cheap to be a high school athlete, or for that matter, a middle school athlete. But sports and other extra-curricular activities have always been one of the great levelers in American society so money worries should never stop any student from participating in soccer, science fair or orchestra … now we just have to figure out a way to revive the Cloquet orchestra program.