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deer editor

by effenheimer at 08:47 PM on February 24, 2002


quick explanation. articles are stories with a reporters byline. news, sports, features... all articles connoting some kind of nonbiased position. columns have mugs usually plus the name of the writer and are as biased as all get out because they represent the opinion of the writer. editorials are the "opinion of the paper" written by different members of the papers editorial board at differnt times.

i tell you this because the average person can refer to a column as an article or editoral and may or may not know the difference. my paper's "edit board" seems to be made up of the managing editor writing whatever the publisher tells him to write about. occasionally, the ME is gone and they ask me to write an editorial or two. no consensus, no discussion, just space filler. so with 10 minutes to spare, i banged out this little opus just to see if anyone was paying attention. they were not.

Deerkill a good idea

Deer are wonderful and beautiful creatures... in their place.

But when deer threaten the lives, planes and businesses associated with the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, the time for sitting back and admiring these wonderful denizens of the forest is over and the time for action is at hand.

As many as 60 deer have been found milling about the runway of the airport and pilots are encouraged to fly by the field before landing to make sure it is safe.

A wise precaution considering that in 1992, significant damage was done to one plane after colliding with a deer.

A survey is currently in the works by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to see if the number of deer in the area would warrant issuing special hunting licenses or “nuisance permits” to hunters to kill deer.

This would put the airport in the business of distributing the resulting "venison" to charitable organizations.

As distasteful as it might seem, deerkills can provide much needed protein to soup kitchens and shelters in desperate need of food stuffs.

Deer meat is an inexpensive and lean source of good nutrition that should not go to waste.

It is rare that one city problem can be solved by another, but when the opportunity presents itself, all concerned should be prepared to do the right thing no matter how gruesome it might seem to the casual observer.

comments (12)

mmm. Venison. Meat of the Gods.

by jenn at February 24, 2002 10:26 PM

i bet shooting things is fun (to some people).

i mean, the deer were there before the airport, however, the airport's more important, so the deer must go, right?

i heard venison was stringy and gamy.

by kd at February 25, 2002 2:01 AM

Venison jerky is one of my favourite things.

by Muad'Dib at February 25, 2002 2:18 AM

that's whacked, man.

by lavonne at February 25, 2002 2:35 AM

I had a venison burger once. It was tasty enough. Still have my heart set on trying an ostrich burger one day, though.

by Antwon at February 25, 2002 4:05 AM

There's a pub in California where I used to live that served a "Daily Game Burger." One of the burgers is ostrich. It's ok, but not particularly good... Ostrich tastes a big dumb bird that cant fly.

by Tom at February 25, 2002 11:58 AM

Yeah, the Tied House in San Jose has a similar burger offering; it's where I had my venison burger in the first place.

by Antwon at February 25, 2002 2:27 PM

The Administrative Assistant of my office lives way out in the country on a farm and is very familiar with animal meats. One day, she had a lunch with beaver meat in it. When asked about how it tasted, she said it tasted a lot like coon.

by MrBlank at February 25, 2002 4:49 PM

Wow. You all are as dense as the people of Council Bluffs.

by mg at February 25, 2002 4:59 PM

"it tasted like coon"???

how is anyone supposed to relate? now, if she has said, "it tasted like poon" then that would have made her a hot, at least in my book.

by Tom at February 25, 2002 10:11 PM

Oh KD, there you go again pretending not to "get it." I don't know how you keep this act up with a straight face. Of course DEER life is more important than HUMAN life. there is no comparison... that's why its funny.

i would also argue that people of council bluffs are no more stupid on the average than the typical american and are probably ahead of the curve for many reasons. however, like typcial americans they tend not to or want to see beyond the surface very easily. the I in ITED still stands for Iowa and we put the standard in standardized educational scores. I weep for the rest of the country.

oh, and venison JERKY is deer meat that's been dried, it is not a kind of amateur animal husbandry practiced in the wild.

by eff at February 26, 2002 10:54 AM

i am a big hunter and i do hunt deer. deer is a very good food source no matter how you fix it

by wfc at November 18, 2003 6:26 AM

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