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Strike a Fair Balance

by Patricia Hendrickson
The Daily News, May 1, 2008

I believe I have an answer to our salmon/sea lion problem. First, let's think about our problem sensibly.

In this hungry world, are the sea lions a food source? No. Are the salmon a food source? Yes. Are the sea lions going into extinction with the loss of a few trespassing river raiders? No. Are the salmon who already suffer from polluted water sources in the struggle to get to their breeding grounds damaged by the hungry sea lions? Yes.

So, let's strike a fair deal: Four days a week we'll protect the sea lions, who are way out of their territory causing heavy damages to salmon, and three days a week we'll protect the salmon. Sounds fair to me.

Patricia Hendrickson, Kelso
Strike a Fair Balance
The Daily News, May 1, 2008

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