Voters won’t get their say


This pertains to Sen. Tom Casperson’s rationale for trying to push through Senate Bill 288, which would take away the opportunity for Michigan voters to decide if wolves and other species should be hunted. Casperson was recently quoted in the Detroit News as saying, “The people could be marketed to vote for something” they don’t understand. Apparently he feels compelled to protect voters from making bad decisions and being influenced by outside groups.

Outside groups influencing Michiganians? His statement is misleading, because every petition was signed and circulated by a registered Michigan voter. Here are a couple examples of “outside groups” that come to mind:

– The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) welcoming in Safari Club International to advise Michigan how to manage wildlife.

I wonder why the NRC did not want to hear from renowned wildlife biologists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich, both of Michigan, on the wolf hunting issue?

– On 4/11/13 in Senate Committee, Sen. Casperson said, of SB 288, “I’m proud to say my bill is supported by the NRA and Safari Club International.”

Also, Sen. Casperson has made the voter-rights-shattering SB 288 even more desirous by including the following: “The bill would also provide complimentary hunting opportunities for Michigan residents serving in the military.” How nice and generous; but could this have anything to do with trying to get this bill passed by the legislature?

SB 288 is currently in the Michigan Senate. Concerned voters should contact their legislators at once.

Jackie Winkowski