BELL’S OPINION — King Features

Give hunting a shot

Editor:

My first reaction to “Hunting should be a two-way street” by David Leibowitz was, well, just the opinion of another person who grew up in the city and was never exposed to the sport.

That actually might have been my second reaction. The first could have been thinking that if I had written that piece, I would have titled it “The right to arm bears.” Anyhow, I believe this is just another example of someone writing an opinion about something they have never experienced and really don’t have a firm grasp of what it is all about.  

I am offended by David’s remarks about hunters just liking to kill things. That is such a myopic view of a much larger experience. Besides that, he is grouping all hunters into the same category as the few lowlifes who actually enjoy torturing anything living.  

A number of years ago, Washington Fish and Wildlife finally caught up with three or four guys who called themselves the “kill ’em all boys.” This collection of morons would go out in the forest and shoot anything that moved.  

They broke just about every game law on the books, and I hope they will never be able to possess a hunting or fishing license the rest of their lives.

I think the majority of legitimate sportsmen would have loved to have seen them hung where they were caught. Most hunters love animals. They will go out of their way and take extreme risks to assist an animal in distress. I personally have risked being kicked, bitten, scratched, gored and envenomed to help injured or endangered creatures. So, David, please don’t liken legitimate sportsmen with those lowlifes.  

Maybe you will never be a hunter, and that is all good. But don’t profess that you somehow have extraordinary insight into the minds of a group of people and discovered that the one common thread is bloodlust. You obviously have never had a hunting experience because you only speak of the killing of an animal. 

I doubt you’ve ever felt the excitement of your dad taking you out on your first hunt and having a pheasant explode out of the brush in front of you. A pheasant that probably flew away because you were startled or just hadn’t honed your wing shooting enough to hit him. After the hunt comes the drive home. Maybe with some birds for tomorrow night’s dinner or maybe with an empty bag.  

No matter, it was a great day with dad imparting his knowledge and wisdom and telling stories of when he was your age. Later in life, hunting involves good friends sitting around in camp joking with each other and sharing their experience in the field.

And you might want to give the animals some credit. The quarry is on its own turf, and it’s often game 1 hunter 0. And that’s OK. That’s also part of the game. I once stalked a mule deer for three days in Wyoming. I saw him many times, but he never allowed me an opportunity for a clean shot.  

Just the same. I’ll always remember the thrill of that chase. Sorry David, hunting is not all about the killing. Perhaps you should go out with one of your hunting friends for a few days to experience what it’s really all about. Give it a shot!

Dale Morris

Goodyear

Time for America to stop dead voters

Editor:

So far, Pennsylvania took action to clear thousands of dead “voters” from voting again. 

It’s time for all 50 states to make all dead voters finally rest in peace. New Hampshire is in the process of its recount, just like Arizona, and it plans to remove all of its dead voters according to the Social Security death records. 

Today’s paper says Arizona’s audit expects to find discrepancies like — I’m trying to be nice, folks — more dead votes that were counted. 

Gee, is this also classified as fraud? It’s time to put all cemeteries on alert that their votes no longer will count in any election. Lock the dead down on election day from now on. Just ’cause Aunt Matilda was a Democrat doesn’t mean she has lifetime voting rights even in the afterlife. I should be so lucky! 

It’s time for 48 more states to remove all the dead voters before the next election. Make it 50, in case the crazy Democrats actually make D.C. and Puerto Rico states. Nip it in the bud. So far, 42 states found to have 350,000 dead voters still on voter rolls. About 40,000 duplicate registrants appear to have cast second votes in 2018 from the same address. About 15,000 participated in 2016 and 2018. Must be a lot of snowbirds voting in two states, too. All of this fraud is exactly why Democrats don’t want to be caught with their pants down and keep refusing audits. If they have nothing to hide, what’s wrong with a little audit? Don’t Democrats like transparency? Sure looks that way.

James Logan

Buckeye

OK, Litchfield Park City Council…

Editor: 

The traffic on Camelback Road between Litchfield Road and Loop 303 is insane. All day and all night constant UPS semitrucks, cement trucks, dump trucks, etc., are pulling in and out. It’s easily over 1,500 trucks a day. The trucks should take Northern Avenue, where there are no housing developments.

Why did the mayor and city council allow this?

Megan Brown

Litchfield Park

Proud supporter 

Editor:

As a longtime Republican, I can’t help but be proud of our party and its choice of candidates. Take the lovely Caitlyn Jenner, for example.  

With the possible recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, no candidate visually represents the values of the Republican Party more. Along with truth distortion and beauty (like our past U.S. president), Caitlyn is a socialite and reality show personality. This transgender Republican rock star is a disruptor, out of touch with all the liberal craziness that intelligent people call reality.  

Like most Republican men, Caitlyn loves wearing feminine ensembles; distinguishing her courage from the pack by wearing them outside of her home; proving her fearlessness to take on the California elite trying to push their progressive agenda on West Coast conservatives. 

With many Californians visiting our state, Arizona Republicans need to show our neighbors to the west that we support this symbolic nominee of the current party. Put signs in your yards, display bumper stickers on the car, and proudly wear those “I love Caitlyn Jenner” hats and T-shirts. 

Arthur Richarelli

Litchfield Park

A capital tour

Editor:

We are now in year two of COVID-19, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold. With vaccinations speeding up and restrictions dropping, polling shows that we want to hit the road or the air. International travel remains problematic, with polling showing that the majority of Americans are not ready for that bucket list trip to the capitals of Europe, Asia, Africa, South America or Australia. Many of our best athletes are saying no to the Summer Olympics in Japan. I feel your pain, but have a suggestion.

During my 22 years in the Air Force, I spent 10 years in overseas assignments. Two of those assignments were in capital cities — Madrid and Tokyo. I spent time in some 40 other capital cities stretching from Lome, Togo, in West Africa to Kathmandu, Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas. All of those experiences were great, and I encourage you to travel the world, but not this year. This year, see America, starting with our nation’s capital and then our 50 state capitals.

If you haven’t been to D.C., put it on your must-do list. If you have been there, it is a great place to visit one more time and bring the kids and grandkids. My parents took my brother and me to D.C. when I was 10. I have been back dozens of times, and there is always something new to visit.

Then start hitting the road to our state capitals. I’ve lived in four of them: Albany (medical school), Montgomery (Air Force), Austin (Air Force) and Phoenix. 

I’ll give you some suggestions. My wife and I were flying home to Phoenix from Jackson, Mississippi. That was my 50th state capital and Peggy’s 46th (she has hit the other four). We decided to rank the capitals giving one third of the points for history, another third for the capital and grounds and the final third to the city. Coming in as the top three were Annapolis, Santa Fe and Boston. All three have great history. Annapolis is the only state capital to serve as our national capital. Boston and the start of the Revolution. Santa Fe and its Hispanic history. All three have interesting capitol buildings and grounds and are fascinating cities to visit.

Four Corners. Travel our Four Corners to Santa Fe, Denver and Salt Lake City. Each is distinct reflecting the history of the region. In Santa Fe, visit the Palace of the Governors. It was built in 1610, 10 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and it is the oldest capital in the nation.

New England. From Boston to Montpelier with four others on the tour. In Boston, walk the Freedom Trail and visit Concord and Lexington and the start of the Revolution. Visit Montpelier, our smallest capital with 8,000 residents, in the fall, when the foliage is grand.

Southeast. The states of Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia have much to offer in history and scenery. West Virginia was part of Virginia until the Civil War when it split to join the Union. The capitol is magnificent, sitting on the banks of the Kanawha River. The history of the Revolution and Civil War are part of the fabric of these capitals.

Far West. Travel the far west on scenic Highway 101, along the Pacific coast, with detours to Sacramento, Salem and Olympia. Don’t miss the 12 National Parks in these three states.

The Heartland. The Heartland consists of 12 states in the Midwest. My three favorite capitals. Springfield with all the history of Abraham Lincoln. Des Moines with a spectacular building and the best state fair. Madison on a glorious summer evening when the orchestra plays on the grounds of the Capitol and the best restaurants provide the food.

Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. These three state capitals have much to offer. Oklahoma is the only capital with an oil derrick in front of the building. In Little Rock, visit the little rock. It is where the fur traders would meet on the Arkansas River, and it is a little rock because much of it was used to build a bridge. Don’t miss the Clinton Presidential Library.

Lewis and Clark in the Dakotas. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail up the Missouri River thru the Dakotas. Stop at two of the least-visited capitals, Pierre and Bismarck. Then don’t miss three National Parks and Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills.

The Rocky Mountains. After Denver, visit Rocky Mountain National Park and continue your trip to Cheyenne, Helena and Boise. In Montana, visit the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument. Add Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks for a memorable trip.

Juneau and Honolulu. Our 49th and 50th states don’t lend to a car trip, but put both on your bucket list.

Capitals that end in City. A trivia question: Four state capital cities end with the word City. I’ve given you one, but can you name the other three?

Arizona. Arizona became a U.S. Territory in 1863 when Congress carved it out of the New Mexico Territory. The first capital was Fort Whipple, an Army post north of Prescott. In 1864, the capital was moved to Prescott and in 1867 to Tucson. In 1877, the capital returned to Prescott, and in 1889, it moved to Phoenix. The Capitol was constructed between 1898 and 1901. The original design was much grander than the building we have, but funding was reduced, and the building was reduced. 

Additions were made in 1918 and 1938 and the House and Senate buildings added in 1960. The nine-story Governor’s Tower was built in 1974. There have been many efforts to build a new and more imposing state Capitol. All failed. The most ambitious was the proposal by Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1957, to build a new Capitol in Papago Park. He called it Oasis. It failed and we are left, I am sorry to write, with one of the least imposing capitol complexes in the nation. 

My apologies if I have left out your favorite capital, like Baton Rouge, Lansing or Topeka, but all are worth a visit. The states are the laboratories of democracy, and much of the progress we have made in the past 200-plus years, as a nation, has occurred because of actions taken in these 50 state capitals.

Enjoy your travels around this grand nation and send pictures.

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Col. USAF (Retired)

Past President AARP Arizona

AHCCCS Director (1987-93)

Litchfield Park