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Joel Clemmer, St. Paul
Birth control would help in fighting poverty
There is no question that the Catholic Church has been a major help in tackling poverty in Africa and around the world (“Future of Roman Catholic Church may be in Africa,” Feb. 24). A growing population is one major source stressing Africa and several parts of the world — leading to famine, wars and the poverty that follows. Shouldn’t tackling the issue of overpopulation be a moral imperative? Wouldn’t now be an appropriate time for the Catholic Church to relax its standards on birth control?
Ron Linde, Burnsville
Blame treaty, not bass, for Mille Lacs shortage
Once again the Lake Mille Lacs walleye problem is in the news (“Mille Lacs limit slashing looms,” Feb. 24). The new harvest figures are 178,750 pounds for anglers and 71,250 pounds for Native Americans. Common sense has to enter these totals. Almost all of the 71,250 pounds taken by gill nets will be spawning fish, taken before the end of spawning season. One female walleye will lay thousands of eggs, and very few will reach even the fingerling age. But the odds go way down when so many females are taken before spawning.
How many Native Americans actually net the fish? Are these fish used to feed their families or sold to fisheries? The 1857 Treaty allowed Native Americans to hunt, fish and gather to feed their families. The treaty never mentioned nylon gill nets. Once again the Department of Natural Resources waffles and blames the increase of smallmouth bass and northern pike for the shortage of walleye. Indeed! It’s time to modernize the 1857 Treaty.
Phil Bemis, Rosemount
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