Letters to the editor - Tuesday (5-14-13)

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:19 a.m.

Wildlife efforts can go overboard

On a scale of radical organizations between 1 and 10 with MoveOn.org and the N.C. Coastal Federation being 10, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service would clearly be a 12. In fact, “Wildlife” is an appropriate description for the regulators as well as the regulated.

How wild is the wildlife at U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USF&W)?

Wilder than the “radical science” espoused by the Pilkey-Riggs-Retreat-from-the-Shoreline coalition. Wilder than graduates of the Nicholas School for the Environment, members of the Coastal Resources Commission, the Scientific Panel on Coastal Hazards and all marine science students combined. This ain’t your mama’s Wildlife Service.

Using sea turtles and the Endangered Species Act, USF&W plans to stop beach restoration in its tracks. It’s not clear if any wildlife from USF&W have ever visited Bogue Banks. If anyone had visited, they would have observed there was no dry beach for turtles to nest following the deepening and widening of Beaufort Inlet in 1993. Without nourishment, there can be no dry beach. Without dry beach, turtles cannot nest.

Fifteen years ago, the N.C. Coastal Federation et al., used extinction of coquina, mole crabs, ghost crabs and Piper Plover to thwart initial beach nourishment efforts. Fifteen years and several hundred million in tax dollars later, all these species are thriving.

Stopping evolution is a tough job. It ranks right up there with controlling the climate. Using apocalyptic rhetoric to further a political agenda has no scientific or prophetic value.

— Joe Exum

Snow Hill

A classy officer

I wonder how many police officers would have a record like Sgt. Mark Hunter. The comments made in the Salisbury Post were wonderful, and everyone seemed to adore him. He was a kind and caring man. He will be missed.

Officer Jeff Tilley with the Landis Police Department would have these qualities. He is a smart, fair, police, nice, classy officer, and he cares about people. He works hard to help people. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people stopped for a check, but not everyone has these qualities. Some like to show their authority because they have a badge and a firearm.

— Linda Connelly


To the rescue

I along with a friend were having lunch in Salisbury. After we ate, she went to get the car.

As I stepped down off the curb, I fell backwards. 911 was called. During the wait, a lovely young woman stooped down and held my hand and comforted me. Her name is Dee Gant. I don’t know where she lives, but that meant so much to me. I want to thank her.

A crowd gathered also and were telling me not to move. I appreciated their concern.

I was taken to the hospital. I had ruptured two disks. Surgery was performed. One week in the hospital and seven of therapy.

— Margie Payne


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