The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 26, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DNR needs to expand deer, bear hunting

The West Virginia DNR is letting people down.

Over recent years they have let the deer and bear populations explode. There are deer and bears everywhere, roaming our communities and causing accidents to people’s vehicles. There have been even some documented stories of fatalities as a result of this matter.

The deer and bear hunting seasons need to be expanded and the kill limits on each animal needs to be increased. The DNR needs to go to the governor and Legislature to change the rules and laws on extending the hunting seasons and increasing the kill amounts.

Also, the DNR could use some deer and population control methods too. There are just too many deer and bear roaming around and it’s getting out of hand. These animals cause so many vehicle accidents, which in turn drives up our car insurance rates.

It’s time the DNR and the powers that be address and change this problem. Birth control methods, longer hunting seasons and larger kill factors would definitely help this problem.

David Lilly



You, too, can pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving

President Obama will get a break from “Obamacare” when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance:  One that gives thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

And here are more terrific reasons:

You will stay alert through the entire football game.

You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a “Tofurky,” lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

Bill Nerrett