EDITOR: Despite bipartisan support for the Coastal Fisheries Conservation and Economic Development Act of 2017, marine species in our waters will continue to be exposed to maximum harvest at the expense of longterm growth due to shortsightedness on the part of some of our state representatives.
The depletion of our resources will continue because they refused to support a bill that would have benefitted both commercial and recreational interests. Moreover, North Carolina will continue to lose out on the multibillion dollar potential that recreational fishers and their money would otherwise bring to the local economy.
Other states have demonstrated that commercial and recreational fishing industries can co-exist and benefit everyone. In addition to political nearsightedness, the Coastal Fisheries Act may have failed to pass due to apathy. As recreational fishers plying state waters, we should let our voices be heard by backing organizations such as the Coastal Conservation Association – North Carolina to ensure we can reap the benefits of a healthy marine species population even if we are ambivalent about the economic potential.
Those of us who live and fish here need to wake-up and realize our interests are not being attended to in Raleigh. When the fish are gone, it will be too late.
Jim Parrington, Hampstead
Drop the party
EDITOR: Donald Trump should convert to an independent, which, in reality, he is. Then he would have no party affiliation. This result could be accomplished by a Trump declaration or by a Republican Party action.
The federal government would remain exactly as is with the judicial, legislative and, especially, the executive branches still subject to the checks and balances as written in our Constitution.
President Trump would be more free to pursue his own administrative agenda. The two main parties would be more free to suggest, advise, monitor and legislate.
This procedure is only the tip of the iceberg, as surely there will be more advantages as input is received from those wishing improvement to the existing status.
Fred Recksiek, Bolivia
EDITOR: Congratulations on the Sunday, Oct. 8 article on gun control. How rare to see a news media piece on this subject — or any controversial topic — that is data-based as opposed to opinion-based. Excellent work!
Your only mistake was that this excellent work should have been on the front page.
Fred Jackson, Ogden
Politics wins out
EDITOR: It is a shame that the Honorables in Raleigh in voting for the “local solution”
concerning GenX did not see the merit in Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto. I am a native
Wilmingtonian, but I am concerned about water quality in the entire state.
The governor’s suggestion of an increase in funding for DEQ, the state agency in charge of keeping our state water safe, should have been approved.
To blame the current issue on past DEQ performance is not the issue. The DEQ oversees all
water issues in the state now, and they obviously need more money to address the massive backlog of reviewable discharge permits.
The shame here is that this has become a political issue. Clean water throughout the state should be a priority of Republicans, Democrats and independents.
Carole W. Ellis, Wilmington
News vs. noise
EDITOR: The real calamity behind fake news is its propagation, which we cause ourselves. Rather than reading headlines about a president’s Twitter feed, newspaper readers should be challenged and encouraged by a free media whose narrative is not driven by a single citizen.
So much has happened and gone largely unnoticed and underreported because of recent “NFL outrage.” This continues as Vice President Mike Pence recently made a visit — at taxpayer expense — to a football game he clearly had no intention of watching in the first place.
The outrage deflection via Twitter is not random noise, it has purpose. Our newspapers should be the fourth estate which aspires beyond the noise of new media.
Shawn Kling, Wilmington