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Fishermen and rafters beware

By From page A5 | April 09, 2012

EDITOR: I wonder why CalTrout is against dredging. It seems that fishermen, rafters and dredgers should work together; dredging is just as important to miners as fishing is to fishermen, the only difference is that miners help fish survive and fishermen eat the fish and rafters just litter the river along with all the unmentionables that they have to do during their thrill ride down the river.

You people are next, and believe me if we lose our dredging privilege you will have every mining organization breathing down your throats because of all the habitat that you destroy in the process of walking and wading in the shallow water and echo sensitive vegetation along the rivers — not counting all the frogs that you step on, the fishing weights (lead), hooks and fishing line that you place in the river and all the eggs that you will dislodge walking in the river during spawning season (not by choice, but it happens and you are the responsible party that is going to have to answer to it). EPA will come for you because they need the money to stay in business.

What goes around comes around and you can put that in the bank. We need to stand together for the American way of life. You had better rethink your attitude towards other Americans that are being attacked by special interest groups. When they are done with the dredgers you will be in their sights. When they are done with you the rafters will be next — they are like a fungus, if you don’t get rid of it, it will kill our heritage and we will become a socialistic servitude nation.

MARTIN SCHUMANN

Placerville

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