Our View...Fair or fowl?
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Thumbs up to Wrenshall’s Locally Laid egg company for starting an environmentally friendly (and chicken friendly) business and making it a success. News that Locally Laid is expanding both its business model and its customer base is gratifying, and shows that people appreciate and will pay more for food they know is healthier and humane. Now if only they would just sell their eggs in more Carlton County stores!
Thumbs down to Duck Dynasty and the dumbing down of America. We get that these guys are funny. And we approve of hunting and fishing and all sorts of outdoor pursuits. But the fact is, at least a few of the show’s stars are college educated and not stupid (although the two are not mutually exclusive, of course). Do people love Duck Dynasty because it makes them feel smarter than the stars? Or is it simply that the television viewing public can’t be bothered to think anymore? While we don’t fear being shot, we agree with the ducks in the cartoon above — and will be staying far away from Duck Dynasty.
Thumbs up to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, which are not issuing permits to band members to hunt any moose this fall. The moose population suffered a 35 percent drop from 2012 to 2013. Just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should do something. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has said it would offer its band members 77 permits to harvest a maximum of 25 bull moose in ceded territory covered by 1854 and 1837 treaties — we wish they would reconsider and take the year off.
UPDATE: Thumbs up for the Fond du Lac band, for its announcement Friday that this year's moose hunt was cancelled. That's great news! Check out the attached story to find out more.
Thumbs up to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to reinstate wrestling for the 2020 Olympic Games. While it would be nice to blather on about how baffling it is that they ever voted to drop both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in the first place, we will restrain ourselves and quote U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) instead: “Wrestling is an incredible sport loved by many Minnesotans, including myself, and one whose athletes deserve the opportunity to participate at the peak level of Olympic competition,” said Sen. Franken. “I’m so pleased that the requests made to the IOC, including my own, to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport didn’t fall on deaf ears. I’m glad that young wrestlers in Minnesota and across the world will still get to dream about one day competing in the Olympics.”
Hear that, Cloquet area youth wrestlers? Maybe someday we’ll be watching you in the Olympics!
Thumbs up to county residents who are actively advocating against a proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline route. It seems sensible to find a route that will disturb fewer forests, farms and private property and we like the idea of the pipeline being located where more people will notice if there is a problem. We need more people like you, who actually take the time to attend public meetings and voice an educated opinion. Keep up the good work!