The 'selling out' of Eighteen Mile Creek
I was sad to see the poor judgment used by Will Elliott and guide Ed Luba in the recent article regarding Eighteen Mile Creek. As a devoted steelhead angler who has spent many years on Erie tributaries, I am disheartened by what I perceive as the selling-out of a delicate natural resource for advertisement purposes.
If Luba wanted to take Elliott out for a day of fishing on our wonderful public waters, there is absolutely no harm in this. Where I feel the harm lies is the fact that a creek, which already is pressured enough, is named. Elliott could have easily remarked how all the Erie tribs have been fishing well this fall and winter but instead has marked Eighteen Mile for what will now result in a heavy influx of fishermen looking for an easy day.
By no means am I saying people should not be allowed on Eighteen Mile or it should be secret because it is a public waterway for the most part. My concern is that the increase in pressure will result in fishermen who do not care about ethics, landowners or other fishermen flocking to this creek because of the article. Anyone who has fished the Ontario tribs can attest to what happens when a creek gets too popular for its capabilities.
Majority of hunters are in it for thrills
"What will the anti-hunters make of this?" asks outdoors writer Michael Levy about Vice President Dick Cheney shooting another hunter. Levy considers me an "anti-hunter." Here are my thoughts.
Despite my disdain for recreational killing, I don't celebrate Harry Whittington's injuries. However, hunters know they risk being shot but continue to hunt anyway.
What concerns me is that our vice president, a man with tremendous resources who could do so many things, chooses to kill other living beings for fun. It's been reported he's gone to exclusive private shooting preserves to kill pheasants, which have been raised in pens and put out to be targets. Wouldn't you think a man who must deal daily with things like war, where people are killed, would seek out a less violent, bloody form of relaxation?
I'm sure Levy will disagree with me. After all, in his Cheney article, Levy writes about the "electric thrill" he gets while hunting quail. He writes that quail are "softball-sized bundles of feather." Well, those "bundles of feather" are living, breathing animals that have other reasons for being than to supply thrills for recreational killers who want fast moving targets.
The big business of Division I
If I am a really quality athlete, and I read "Canisius will never have a major Division I basketball program" by a season-ticket holder, I put a big X through the school and tell all my friends and competitors at the camps.
If I am asked for funds and asked to pay unreasonable prices to such purported competitions, I just say no. If asked for a recommendation, I say "Go to Division III," that's where you belong.
There is friendly competition in D-III. D-I is big business and bottom line. Let's have truth-in-labeling. But I don't think the problem lies with the coach entirely.
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