First meeting of the Summer Study Committee for
legislation that may be considered by the upcoming legislature will be
staged Thursday [July 26, 2007] in Room 404 of the State House, but on
Monday afternoon the entire agenda for items to be considered was up in
I have learned that the fiasco adopted by the
legislature on a fishing license for senior citizens (now law) will be
dialogued--mainly because the measure currently excludes those 64 years
and older that were born before April 1, 1943. These citizens can’t purchase
the senior citizen’s license to fish, even if they want to do so. That's
costing the state federal funds.
The issue is important because each senior citizen
license purchased to fish gives the Department of Natural Resources about
$9 in federal funding. The federal funding is derived from a federal excise
tax on some outdoor paraphernalia.
The senior citizen’s fishing license battle dates
back several years, but until a few years ago the DNR showed reluctance
to push for it, undoubtedly because certain governors were opposed for
political reasons (NO NEW TAXES).
While not a monster issue, it's something that
should be done correctly if it is to be done.
Mke Grimshaw, a former resident of Fort Wayne, and as close to the passenger
pigeon as you can get in importance to the Hoosier conservation movement,
died last week at the cabin he had shared with his brother, Gerry, who
You can’t write--or even think--of Mike without
including Gerry. Mike was Mr. Indiana, among Hoosier conservationists,
while Gerry was more active in Michigan. Together, the brothers were the
“bacon and eggs,” (maybe with hash browns, toast, and coffee) on a frosty
Mike was a former president of the Indiana Federation,
who “poked” into everything involving natural resources in the state. Gerry
was chief of the Izaak Walton League of America in Michigan. To find one
at a meeting or fight involving resources was to see the other.
You’ll both be sorely missed.
Cooper phoned about last week’s hummer column (in which Jim Wall, near
Muncie, reported that birds at his feeders suddenly stopped coming to feed).
Mary told me that she couldn’t be positive about it, but she believes she
read somewhere that hummers will not eat liquid made with sugar beet sugar.
Mary said hummers much prefer sugar cane liquid, she thinks.
In any event, Mary says those buying sugar can
tell whether it is derived from sugar cane or sugar beets by reading the
printing on the package.
So it may be that Jim Wall’s hummers were merely
putting out a message on preference.
In checking out the hummers, we have learned from
friends and readers that hummers are doing land office business elsewhere
in the state. And Jim now tells me that that they had some hummers today
slurping the same water they shunned earlier.
It all adds up to the fact that wild things can
be goofy, at times, and make very good sense at other times.