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Apart from the condescending and insulting sexist remarks directed to our state U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal by Rep. Don Young from Alaska, the exchange is again revealing of the profound ignorance and indifference on which some of our leaders base their environmentally-related pronouncements.

Apparently Rep. Young is poorly informed of the significant contribution that passive recreational enjoyment of wilderness and wildlife makes to the economy of Alaska through the use of our well-managed public lands and national parks. Among other things, visitors there, as Rep. Jayapal points out, wish to experience contact with wildlife, not animals habituated to tasty treats.

While both subsistence and recreational hunting have some place within the context of using these public lands and waters, the idea of a rollback of a rule restricting controversial hunting practices is ludicrous.

Whatever happened to the science and skill of the hunt when all that’s required to bring your quarry within range of one’s high-powered rifle is a box of Krispy Kremes and a slab of bacon?

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Tony Angell, Seattle