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SJR10 erodes public voice

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I am strongly against Senate Joint Resolution 10. This push to amend the Utah Constitution says that Utah citizens lack the intelligence to figure out, let alone decide, issues at the voting booth. This resolution would change the constitution to limit the freedom of the people to vote on wildlife issues that concern them.

SJR10 is a resolution by Congress to bypass the public and let wildlife managers make most decisions regarding wildlife issues in Utah. Professional wildlife management is based on science, research and sound biological principles administered by experts with extensive experience and university training and who have considerable university assistance. I think these "wildlife managers" are capable of doing a good job, but I simply think that taking away the power of the people by bypassing our vote is an erroneous idea.In his editorial ("My View," Deseret News, Feb. 26), Don Peay argued that SJR10 would "ensure that wildlife management be conducted on the basis of science and reason, not on the basis of ignorance and emotion, thus preserving our precious wildlife resources and our heritage of family-oriented outdoor wildlife enjoyment." Mr. Peay apparently forgot we live in a democracy when he stated that SJR10 "clearly and explicitly declares that no special interest . . . can use emotion and nonsense via the ballot box to determine what happens to wildlife." Evidently he does not think we citizens (aside from him and his supporters) are capable of making well-informed decisions on an issue.

I am certain that the citizens of Utah do not want their voting choices limited before they even reach the ballot. It is time to reject SJR10 before it erodes public access to government and takes away our rights as citizens.

David J. McGowan

Salt Lake City