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Letters to the Editor for 4/13/09

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Dog bear hunting is cruel

I would like to reply to the March 18 article “Bear License About Control, Not Revenue.”

I find the article offensive to Virginia hunters by indicating they were out to kill anything they found just because the species was a legal kill. The hunters I know don’t just blow something away because they came across it.

Hunters that I know buy a hunting license, a big-game stamp for bear, deer, and turkey. They hunt species when the appropriate season is open and kill it humanely as possible, waiting for a one-shot kill.

When we fill our big game tag we don’t swagger about it because we didn’t use bear dogs as the article indicated.

The article indicated that a bear was such a magnificent animal that it is best left to dedicated houndsmen — hunters who hunt with bear dogs. I agree that a bear is a magnificent animal and that is why I disagree with hunting a bear with dogs.

Bear hunting with dogs should be outlawed everywhere. It is one of the cruelest sports because the bear has no chance. Dogs run it up a tree and it cannot escape.

The hunters shoot it out of the tree, then cannot tell if it is male or female. A lot of bear houndsmen wound baby bear cubs to make them jump out of the tree so they can let their pack of dogs fight it. This is called training their dogs.

Grayson and Carroll counties should outlaw hunting bear with dogs. I have found that hunters who use dogs for bear are arrogant and don’t obey hunting laws or property rights. I don’t want their dogs around livestock or small children.

I’m sure there are some good law-abiding houndsmen, but I haven’t seen them. I am 64 years old and have hunted since I was 7.

Hunting is a right we need to preserve, but not with bear dogs. That type of hunting should have ended with Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone’s demise.

We don’t need a separate bear-hunting license for dog hunters. We don’t need dog bear-hunting period.

Danny F. Burris

Galax

Check receipts for overcharges

On Wednesday, I bought a large amount of groceries. When I got home I scanned the list. To my surprise, they charged me $9.38 for a $2 pack of Diet-Rite Cola. I returned to the store and the greeter told me another person had the same problem.

I took the cola to the complaint department. She was surprised at the amount and assured me the problem would be fixed. I wanted her to call the manager, but she finally called someone and said the problem would be fixed.

I wasn’t convinced the problem was fixed, so on Friday, I purchased the same colas and to my surprise, it rang up $9.38.

I told the cashier to call the manager. She was so scared. It was her second day on the job.

I assured her it was O.K.

The manager was not in the store, so I called him that night with a long conversation.

The problem may not be fixed, so if you shop locally, watch carefully and check your receipt.

Margaret Liddle

Galax