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I-177 is forward-thinking proposal

I-177 is forward-thinking proposal

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Regarding the Missoulian’s Sunday editorial on Initiative 177 (Sept. 25), most of the text reads like drivel purloined from a pro-trapping lobbyist. What an example of pathetic, wishy-washy, “kick-the-can-down-the-road” writing! Instead of pandering to advocates of obstructionist-style, backward-thinking politics, please advocate for straight-forward, positive action that truly benefits the majority of Montana’s people.

Montanans should vote for I-177 so that public lands, where state citizens and visitors recreate, become virtually trap-free. Trappers can continue to ply their sadistic trade on private lands with landowner permission. However, trapper misbehavior will result in landowner revocation of trapping privileges, a simple cause-and-effect process that protects the public on public lands and weeds out errant trappers.

Voting to prohibit trapping on public lands is the forward-thinking, right thing to do.

Linda Holtom,

Missoula

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