Letters to the Editor — November 18, 2009

Feeding, baiting ban should be obeyed

Dear Editor,

I am surprised to note today that several gas station convenience stores (I found five within a five-mile radius of downtown Rockford) are selling large bags of shelled corn, corn on the cob, apples, carrots and beets.

While no further cases have been made public by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a few stores appear to have chosen short-term gain over the potential devastating effect that an outbreak of CWD could have on the economy supported by deer hunting. It appears to be a severely short-sighted view that has significant implications for themselves and the community. I would hope the inconvenience of not hunting over a bait pile could be endured at least one more year and would be outweighed by the possible consequences of an outbreak of CWD. Many have argued that the feeding and baiting ban should be lifted, but again that is a short-sighted view if you look at the impact that CWD has had on deer herds in neighboring states. But that doesn’t matter. The law is the law and should be obeyed as well as the spirit of the law—2009 Michigan House Bill 4198 (Extend ban on deer feeding).

If you do business at a store that is selling deer feed/bait, ask them why they are, since it is illegal to feed or bait deer in the Lower Peninsula.

Tom Kuehl
Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business

Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Rockford United Methodist Church, I would like to thank The Rockford Squire for their excellent article on the history, making, baking and selling of the pasties that happen here at RUMC twice a year.

Once again this November, almost 6,000 pasties were made, baked and sold, with lots of happy faces from the customers who got to enjoy them, and your article allowed some new faces to experience them as well. Thank you!

In Christ’s service,
Dick Riley
Senior Pastor

Editor’s note: The Squire was told that, as a direct result of the pre-pasty sale article, the pasties sold out in four days for the first time ever!

Community comes through for those in need

Dear Editor,

Lean On Me Outreach Center would like to thank the compassionate and caring community of Rockford for their support in the purchase of gift cards at the Rockford Meijer for Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. This will make a difference for many of our families in the community. Thank you!

Lisa Shaffer
Director of Lean On Me Outreach Center

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