Hudson - Litchfield News 5 - May 6, 2011
Outdoors Hunter Safety
Hunter safety is serious business. Let’s start with the most basic rule in hunter safety; if all hunters observed this rule, all the time, we would have virtually no “hunter mistaken for game” incidents. If you ever had a Hunter Education course, you should have this first one memorized. 1. Positively identify your target before you pull the trigger. Plain and simple—if all hunters followed this one, we would have no more “I thought I saw a turkey” shootings.
2. Refrain from stalking spring gobblers. The turkey that hangs up out there and refuses to move but continues to gobble can tempt us to stalk or “slip up on” him. Don’t do it. You don’t know who is in the area; one hunter sitting and watching and another crawling to this turkey is a recipe for a tragedy.
3. Avoid the colors red, white, and blue in your hunting attire. These are the colors on a mature gobbler’s head. On another note, as turkey hunters most of us flee from blaze orange like the plague. However, when we are walking and calling, trying to toll up a gobbler, a blaze orange hat or vest could save your life.
4. If you arrive at your area and there are other hunters already present, try going to another spot. If you do encounter another hunter, speak to them in a loud, clear voice. Never wave or otherwise move to alert another hunter to your presence, especially if the other hunter is stalking the sound of your calls.
5. Be cautious transporting and setting up decoys. Decoys work, which is why they have become so popular. We need to be careful about carrying them in the woods; don’t let that red head stick out of your vest. When setting the decoy, think how another hunter may approach so you are not in the line of fire.
Charlie Chalk can be reached at email@example.com
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Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The GOP budget plan even calls for cutting the CFTC’s staff by two-thirds, so even if stronger protection emerged, the agency will not have the cops to enforce it.
Congress has known for a while that speculators rule the roost
and force oil prices higher. For years, political shaming sessions would be staged in front of key energy committees, but these wet- noodle floggings of oil company moguls never resulted in any meaningful investigations or tougher laws. Meanwhile, oil companies and traders gorge on obese profits. Exxon-Mobil even had the nerve to release a statement noting, “… it’s really not credible to suggest that we are responsible for world oil prices.” Sure, and Donald Trump has never made a dime in real estate and hates publicity. The “Enron loophole” (yes, that Enron), which Congress inserted in an infamous 1999 law deregulating commodities trading, allowed derivatives such as credit default swaps to grow into a $60 trillion market - and we know what happened with those monsters in 2008.
Although a Senate probe concluded that speculation put oil prices on steroids two years before Wall Street’s massive meltdown, Senator Ayotte and Congressman Bass still want to let speculators have their way. As a result, gasoline is above $4 a gallon in many areas, with no ceiling in sight as politicians blame each other. Unfettered commodity speculation has to end. Next time you grimace at your gasoline or heating-oil bill, your first thought shouldn’t be to curse an oil giant like Exxon-Mobil—you should tell your congressman.
Stuart Schneiderman - Hudson Need Comprehensive Energy Strategy
The increase in gasoline prices reflects the instability in the Middle East and attendant speculation in the oil markets. We need to address the huge run-up in oil prices with comprehensive policies designed to provide solutions to our energy consumption problems. Unfortunately, past administrations have failed us. The Obama administration should continue to promote
democracy in North Africa and the Middle East, and hopefully democratic reforms in these countries will provide some stability in the region and thereby help decrease speculation in the oil markets. The U.S. has to increase domestic oil production, including oil derived from our Western U.S. oil shale and Alaskan oil deposits; build new refineries; build nuclear power plants meeting stringent U.S. specifications, including strict siting requirements; increase power production from natural gas and alternative energy sources, e.g., biomass, wind, and solar; promote public transportation; and conserve energy in our homes, businesses, vehicles, and
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in our travels. Another way to conserve gasoline consumption is to decrease the speed limits to 55 mph or 60 mph on our expressways, and we have to enforce these limits. Unfortunately, many states have increased speed limits to between 70 mph and 85 mph. Some studies have shown going from 75 mph to 55 mph will reduce gasoline consumption by 33 percent.
U.S. nuclear plants should be designed to withstand a 9.0 earthquake, tornadoes, category 5 hurricanes and floods, and have battery and diesel generator back-up to provide power to coolant water for at least one month. Existing plants can only withstand a 7.5 earthquake and have four hours battery back-up; and spent fuel rods are currently stored on site. A reprocessing system must be established to neutralize or reuse these fuel rods. We need the Obama administration to provide some leadership and implement a comprehensive energy strategy.
Donald A. Moskowitz - Londonderry Easter Food Baskets Thank-You
The Litchfield Community Church Deacons would like to thank all those who served this Easter season with the distribution of the Easter Food Baskets. There were more than 20 families given food baskets as well as children’s Easter baskets. If you are ever in need of food, please do call the Litchfield
Food Pantry at 424-6057 or drop by the Riverside Cottage Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, located across from the Litchfield Community Church and the Litchfield Fire Station. You can also find us at Litchfieldchurch.org
. We would be more than happy to serve you. Thank you all and God Bless.
Deacon Mrs. B. Joan Franklin - Litchfield Letter Carriers to Conduct Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with
the Rural Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, will conduct a Food Drive to help restock community food banks. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 14, as part of the NALC’s nationwide response to the ever-increasing need for food in the battle against hunger.
Residents of Hudson and Litchfield are asked to leave non- perishable food items by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14, for pickup by their carriers. All food collected will stay in Hudson and Litchfield food banks.
In 2010, 11,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed to families in need. Nationally, 77.1 million pounds of food was collected. In 2010, we reached 1 billion pounds of food collected in the 18 years that the letter carriers have had their food drive. Great job done by all that donated and volunteered! Thank you and may this year be another successful year for the ones in need.
Frank Maglio, Food Drive Coordinator - Hudson
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