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March 19, 2013

CONFER: Government lured by plastic worms

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Niagara Gazette — State governments are Petri dishes for environmental causes, lessons are learned there and policies are developed that can become standards for our nation. Consider the California Air Resources Board, which has been responsible for anything from expensive fuel tanks on lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles and boats to the destruction of the incandescent light bulb industry. Davis’s proposal could gain similar traction.

So, while a plastic bait ban may only be in its infancy and destined for failure in Maine, it certainly poses a long-term threat to anglers everywhere that should be taken seriously. There may be a day 10 or 20 years from now when our favorite lure isn’t allowed on the water. With his access to the most effective of lures stifled, the working man who fishes for food or pleasure will see his catch rates drop. It’s not as if he can compensate with live bait, either, as recent years have seen the introduction of laws that severely inhibit or restrict the use of baitfish.

The only way to prevent a worm ban from becoming a reality is to take an active role in policy at the state level, and beat the environmental activists at their own game. Looking at the big picture, this is about more than rubber worms – it’s about freedom.

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at TheNewAmerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at TheNewAmerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

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