Connect the dots | Opinion

A potpourri of thoughts from an octogenarian. A look at the unintended consequences when we pass laws to solve a problem. Example: In 1972, Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act. At that time there were approximately 10,000 sea lions scattered along the Pacific coast, and salmon were plentiful. Today there are over 300,000 sea lions along the Pacific coast, and fish and game departments in this area are trying desperately to keep salmon from becoming extinct. An average-size sea lion eats 48 pounds of salmon each day. Solution? Just connect the dots.

A few years ago the Oregon Legislature passed a law prohibiting using dogs to hunt cougars, which for all practical purposes gave cougars almost complete protection. Today fish and game departments are struggling to keep deer populations in many areas from going away. Solution? Just connect the dots.

For a number of years now, logging of any kind in national forests has been essentially banned. The consequence is that wildfires each year destroy more trees than if loggers had been allowed to manage these forests. Solution? Just connect the dots.

And for those of you who are still struggling to find the truth about man-made global warming, follow the money and then just connect the dots.

And if you are wondering why the Bible is published every year in greater numbers than any other book, sit down, read your Bible and then just connect the dots.

Mike Wooton

Roseburg

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