Date: 3/4/17 5:41 am
From: Joan Reynolds <joanreynolds...>
Subject: Re: Does anyone know how to deal with this?
I am an equal opportunity policy critic. I have been outspoken about
bonehead decisions made by the last administration as well. The best way
to deal with such things is to directly contact the person(s) proposing the
bad policy as well as to your own representatives and legislators and
anyone else pushing the bad policy. Most of these people have webpages
that allow you to email them or otherwise leave a message for them.
Emails, postcards, phone calls. Tell them why it is a bad idea.

On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:15 PM, Daniel Mason <millipede1977...>

> I appreciate all the thoughts public and private. Always feels good to
> not feel alone. And even hearing other thoughts can be great when people
> do more than just mean well.
> Joan, that's a good question and one I think we can all ask ourselves.
> Looking at people on any side of any topic, I see so many people sit at
> their computer screens complaining and not doing a whole lot themselves.
> For me, to start with, I don't hunt or fish. Used to LOVE
> fishing(childhood memories with my dad) but today birding gives me greater
> thrills as well as relaxation.
> I share on facebook stories about lead poisoning from time to time. I
> share with lots of people my enthusiasm for nature in general and try
> really hard to get other people to simply be interested in birds. I'm
> really struggling with that one sometimes. Nature is SO amazing and I wish
> more people could just look at it with awe. I ask people on facebook if
> they ever want to go birding with me. Nobody has taken me up on the offer
> so far.
> And I discuss the topic with people any time it comes up.
> And this brings me back to the starting question. Does anyone know how to
> deal with this? I'd LOVE to hear more thoughts on what we could do as a
> whole or even just as individuals. People are stubborn on all sides. How
> do you breach that? If you find someone you know that hunts and they have
> never considered or cared about what ammo they use... how do you bring that
> up to them in a productive way? I think about my neighbors where I live.
> They all have guns around here... I've found my No Trespassing signs shot
> down... found shot up beer cans in the woods. Have a neighbor that smokes
> and I one single time asked if anyone had ever suggested they not smoke.
> I'm sure I could have been more tactful than I was... but my dad died in
> his 60's from complications, years after quitting but, from smoking so
> much. It pains me to see people do that to themselves. Anyway, this
> person got VERY defensive very fast. This is the way most of us work
> sometimes.
> I try anywhere I can to draw people's attention to the importance of
> nature. Oh how many people I've tried to correct in their "only good snake
> is a dead snake" way of thinking. But, people get set in their ways and
> it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks I guess.
> Outside of the ways I try to reach people on my own... I'd love to hear
> more from others. It's easy to look at someone that wants to ignore the
> truths we might know and just be mad and think they're dumb. Hey, even
> brilliant people can have some wrong ideas in life and we need to remember
> that... But how do we overcome another person's ignorance, and our own
> sometimes?
> I have a few friends and neighbors that hunt and this has me feeling a
> little more determined to attempt to start up a conversation on the
> matter. I can already feel the resistance I'll get from my neighbor...
> but, other people I feel a bit more hopeful about.
> Small scale, what can we do person to person? And large scale? One of the
> problems is as someone privately hinted at. People telling others what to
> do. Nobody likes that. Like my neighbor and their smoking. "NOBODY can
> tell ME what to do." We all feel that in one way or another. On a large
> scale when things become political, this is how we end up looking at them.
> We start talking about "rights" and there's always some amount of truth to
> these things. I believe, in our search for a way to deal with these
> things, we need to find ways that aren't simply one side vs another. Big
> picture, I have no idea what that looks like. Simple answer is education,
> even if that means one person at a time. It may catch on.
> And I meet a lot of people that are passionate about the environment but
> some of them, their passion is limited to sitting back and waiting for the
> government to fix it. "Hey, this local park is a mess... do something
> about it" rather than getting out there and doing something ourselves. How
> many of us have been guilty of that?
> This topic has given me lots to think about. Has me a little fired up
> about others I try to talk to other people about sometimes as well... like
> balloon releases. sigh.
> We wont ever all see eye to eye on anything in life. I'm just trying to
> do the best I can in understanding and dealing with that.
> Always looking up... and down... and side to side...
> Daniel
> On 3/3/2017 8:23 PM, Joan Reynolds wrote:
>> Daniel,
>> How are you going to stand up against lead poisoning?
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