|A happier bear picture|
Dear Editor: Deanne Davis’ amazingly disjointed column in your paper July 1 left me wondering what the hell I just read, and moreover, why ever did I read this disorganized diatribe?
What actually grabbed my initial attention was perhaps one of the sickest most thoughtless photos I have ever seen published in a local newspaper was that which appeared on page 3 of your current edition next to that above mentioned column.
The photograph depicts a grinning hunter, Rick Bennett, holding a high-powered, scope driven rifle with his ‘trophy’… a beautiful, albeit very dead, black bear. Photos like this are usually seen in NRA publications, not a community newspaper.
The author of the piece deemed it appropriate to describe, and in vivid, sickening detail no less, that the hunter can murder a grizzly bear… “blow out the heart and still race [the bear] 40 yards in 3-4 seconds, kill your graveyard dead and run a couple of hundred yards more before collapsing.”
As I read this in utter disbelief, I was reminded how many people out there are 'sport hunters' with no regard for animals. However, there are many more of us who respect and love wildlife and would never harm a single animal let alone a symbol of the west like the Black Bear.
Another recently published photo (Telegraph and National Geographic) comes to mind when a trophy hunter was killed by the very animal he shot as he was posing with the massive elephant carcass when the poor creature fell on top of said hunter and crushed him to death.
I mean no harm to man nor beast, but you have to admit, that’s poetic justice.
Beacon Media News
John Harabedian, Orwellian Councilman?
Mod: There is an interesting article today in the Pasadena Star News titled "Sierra Madre decides fate of controversial Darling house demolition" (link). I'd post the entire thing here, but they would probably complain. The PSN likely prefers you view it on their site. However, there is a quote from John Harabedian that requires highlighting here.
Mod: While every situation, no matter how mundane, is unique in its own special way, this one was hardly commonplace. Here we saw how a scofflaw attempted to circumvent a specific city code, got caught in a highly publicized manner, was roundly chastised by both the Planning Commission and many in the community, yet somehow managed to get the entire Sierra Madre City Council to shower him with praise, apologies and a demolition permit. So tell me, how does allowing this guy to get away with it in so grandiose a manner not diminish respect for the city's ability to enforce its building codes?