To the editor:
Today's campers are looking for a place to have beer and pot parties. State campgrounds are patrolled constantly, so the state closing free camping along main roads and modernizing back road into areas zoned as wild forest, sends this sort of camper there. The state is restricting hunters and trappers from wild forests by issuing one permit a year.
I have some suggestions for the state:
1. Allow a renewable permit for one year. One year for trappers, especially for retired people, etc., in wild forest.
2. The permit would only allow one tent, and tarp shelters of a certain size, and only three or four people.
3. The camp would have to be used a reasonable time and inspected by forest rangers.
4. Permit holders should be allowed to sell their permits.
5. Overlap the camping areas.
6. The only ways into a camp would be to walk or canoe, no airplanes.
7. Allow only people who will protect and want to expand the wild forest.
8. Promote wildlife back into wild forest and away from towns.
9. Owners of leased camps would be allowed to use them year round, but not allowed to put up gates, blocking access to state land.
The average person cannot afford to stay at state parks. By closing down free camping, the state is sending people into wild forest areas, yet the state wants to restrict hunters, trappers, etc., from wild forest. This doesn't make sense to me. Bad rule.
Do you know the state and EnCon are promoting this camping by opening new trailheads with large parking areas, modernizing roads and bridges, and closing some areas to camping? Yet hunters and trappers are restricted, and can only get one permit a year.
Fish and game clubs, and forest rangers, pass this along.
Lewis N. Page Sr.,
Combatting dating violence
To the editor:
February is a time we traditionally think of love. Flowers, poems, chocolate, stuffed animals and other items to show those we care about our affection for them but did you know that February is also Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month?
Teen DVPA month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse among teen and 20-something relationships and promote victim services organizations during the month of February. Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Calling dating violence a pattern doesn't mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
Every relationship is different, but the one thing that is common to most abusive dating relationships is that the violence escalates over time and becomes more and more dangerous for the young victim.
While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are 10 of the most common abusive behaviors:
Checking your cell phone or email without permission; constantly putting you down; extreme jealousy or insecurity; explosive temper; isolating you from family or friends; making false accusations; mood swings; physically hurting you in any way; possessiveness; telling you what to do.
The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore -- they hurt not just the young victims but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.
If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, you are not alone. Help is available.
If you live in Montgomery County and you'd like to know more about what dating violence is or how you can get help, please call Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services of Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. There are also many great websites that offer information including loveisrespect.org.
Thanks for a chili reception
To the editor:
The members of Feline Guardian Angels would like to express our sincere appreciation to Imperial Lanes for hosting our first chili cook-off which was held Jan. 26. Plus a very special thanks to the wonderful supporters who made 19 different and delicious varieties of chili to be tested and voted upon. Everyone who attended had a great time. Once again our group recognizes that these acts of kindness demonstrate the growing community support to help fight the feral cat overpopulation. All funds from this event will be used to spay/neuter feral cats locally.
Please note when temperatures rise each spring, it marks the beginning of "kitten season," the time of year when millions of kittens are born. Cats have an approximately 60-day gestation period, so spring kittens are being conceived right now. In addition, cats can become pregnant as early as four months of age, so last year's kittens can be producing this year's litters. The time for prevention is now. FGA urges community members to have their pet cats spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Not only does neutering prevent new litters of kittens, it improves the cat's health. Additionally, this is also a crucial time to neuter neighborhood stray and feral cats. Through trap-neuter-return, we are able to stabilize the population of local cat colonies, and decrease the number of cats entering shelters or living on the street.
Feline Guardian Angels is a 501c3 charitable organization operated by volunteers and concerned citizens whose mission is to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in the local community and to improve the quality of life through a trap-neuterrrelease program. Trap-neuter-return is a long-term, comprehensive community program that stabilizes the feral cat population humanely. Cats are trapped, tested for aids and/or leukemia, altered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes with a caregiver to oversee the general population. FGA also provides education to the public about the benefits of population reduction through responsible ownership. FGA is funded solely by public donations. The organization primarily serves Montgomery County. As of December 2012, the group has spayed/neutered 148 stray or feral cats from the local community. Please spay or neuter your pets and be part of the solution.
For further information regarding FGA and our services, please call 466-3478.