Trump should protect hunting, conservation on public lands
Sportsmen have had high hopes the president and his cabinet would commit to, in President Trump’s words, “honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.” Roosevelt worked tirelessly to stop special interests from developing and privatizing our public lands and waters, conserving more than 230 million acres by establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments. Sportsmen have applauded the administration for Roosevelt-like actions, such as its proposal to expand hunting and fishing in 10 national wildlife refuges. Yet we will hold administration officials accountable for pursuing the rollback of conservation protections on national monuments, scrapping collaborative habitat management plans for sage grouse, and not fighting proposals to cut popular public access programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These actions threaten Roosevelt’s legacy. I urge the Trump Administration to stand up for our public lands.
BRUCE THORNTON, PALMETTO
Kemp’s actions show his unfitness to be governor
Brian Kemp has already demonstrated his lack of fitness to be governor. During his tenure (as secretary of state), he severely diminished the quality of the services provided to corporations and those with professional licenses. He has cost taxpayers huge amounts on unsuccessful litigation to defend his efforts to suppress voters. He has been found by a federal court to have failed to protect Georgia elections from hacking. Now, Kemp has blatantly abused the power of his office. Two days before the election, he announced he will use his office to investigate his opponents. He offered no evidence of wrongdoing. The timing of his public announcement is an absolutely obvious use of his office as a political weapon. Mr. Kemp: Alas sir, have you no shame.
LARRY AUERBACH, ATLANTA