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True conservatives conserve 

Carrizo Plains

Let me start off by saying that I live out on the Carrizo Plains, I farm, and I have always considered myself a conservative Republican.

The other day I was in a gun store buying a scope for my rifle and was talking to the young man at the counter when I overheard a conversation.

A woman was saying with much disdain, “ É the new gun law that is to take effect in June is just f***ing ridiculous and is a waste of money. They think it’ll save the condor. How in the hell did it get passed in the first place?”

I asked whether she was referring to the new no-lead law regarding ammunition.

“Yes,” she said. “It’s a waste of money and no one is for it or will abide by it.”

I said I guessed that depends upon how you feel about condors.

“Condors!” she exclaimed. “None have ever died from lead poisoning yet, but they’re going to end up dying from direct lead poisoning from what I hear.”

“Direct lead poisoning?” I asked.

“I hear some of the ranchers are going to just shoot them,” she said.

Well, there lies the problem: self-interest and a lack of understanding. Not very long ago, ranchers and farmers were the real conservationists, hence the name “conservatives.” We protected our resources, our environment, and our fellow man, because our lives depended on it and the Bible guides us to do so. But now there’s a new breed who call themselves conservatives, the so-called neo-cons, who seem to see themselves as separate and disconnected. They helped elect President George W. Bush and Supervisor Mike Ryan, candidates I supported who sorely disappointed me.

I see Jim Patterson as another conservation-minded person, educated and intelligent, not as a Democrat or a Republican. In all the years that I have lived out on the Carrizo Plains, he is one of the only supervisors who has attended our CSD meetings. Mr. Patterson helped get many of the junk piles and old broken-down mobile homes and abandoned cars cleaned up out here. He listens to what the public has to say, and he is polite and thoughtful. As for the neo-cons in my party, all I can say is: educate yourselves.

-- Patrick Scott - Carrizo Plains

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