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Letters to the Editor - 02/06/2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - Updated: 8:22 AM

Sorry to go

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful patients of Speculator Primary Care Center who trusted me with their health care; it was an honor and a privilege to serve you all.

I regret that the powers that be have decided that Feb. 14 will be my final day at the health center. I will miss all my patients, may of whom have become my personal friends. I hope to stay in touch with them.

I wish each all the best of luck, health and happiness in the future.

Peter Scarpelli, RPA-C

Speculator

Right on the mark

Dear Editor,

In his recent letter Lewis Page of Speculator was right on the mark in his comments about deer feeding. Apparently some people have forgotten that Conservation Law prohibits that practice.

A couple years ago a conservation officer asked me, “What do I tell that little old lady who has fed deer for 20 years?” Very simple.

Tell her biologists have strongly opposed deer feeding for at least 50 years and that most states in the Northeast either ban feeding or plan to ban it. Tell her those deer are drawn for 15 miles out of the backwoods to roads and backyards where they end up getting hit by vehicles, shot or killed by dogs and coyotes.

In some places hundreds of deer have had to be sacrificed because of the threat of disease.

Research has shown deer can survive for up to two months with little or no food. We could have three feet of snow next week and most deer would make it until spring breakup.

Like most wildlife, deer can lay low until conditions improve. The tough winters are when deep snow comes in December and early January, and that doesn’t happen that often.

Today we have a lot fewer deer in the woods than years ago. The result is there is more food for those fewer deer. Some deer yards have hardly been touched in recent years. This is one reason Adirondack hunters are bagging some big bucks.

We also have a problem in NYS in that a few judges are apparently more interested in politics than in the welfare of the deer herd. Over the years hundreds of deer have been killed along roads in places like Griffin, Northville and Piseco. Much of that was unnecessary.

Donald Wharton

S. Glens Falls

     

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