Here we go again
I must take a moment to respond to another misleading and inaccurate letter in Wednesday’s Times Argus. While Ms. Kerrin, in her “Time is critical” letter, feels that allowing access to Berlin Pond will destroy the wildlife and water quality, there are simply no facts to support this. None.
The right of the public to access the pond has been upheld by the courts and the residents of Berlin. How much more traffic does she really think will result from a few people being able to safely park and put a canoe or kayak into the water? The area is already overrun every afternoon by joggers and the like (who also have every right to be there). Again, I would refer anyone who disagrees to Title 10, chapter 49, section 1424-c: “The secretary shall attempt to manage the public waters so that the various uses may be enjoyed in a reasonable manner, in the best interests of all the citizens of the state. To the extent possible, the secretary shall provide for all normal uses.”
The “fuels and other contaminants” she cites as a potential problem for the water treatment plant is not a valid argument — motorized boats are not permitted anyway. The issue at hand here is not environmental, despite what the author would have you believe. It is elitism and nothing more.
There are those who feel the pond should just be enjoyed their way and no other. How should we as hunters and fisherman feel about that when we are the ones more responsible for the financial burden of maintaining our natural resources (look up the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell Johnson acts if you care to understand)? I can tell you how I feel: sick to my stomach. Politics touted as environmentalism are still nothing more than politics, and in this case of the worst kind.
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