Kentucky editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on state sandhill crane hunting:
No strong interest in the second year
Kentucky's second sandhill crane hunting season is under way and, like last year's inaugural hunt, it seems to be pretty much of a bust.
Like last year, only 332 people applied to be in the lottery for the 400 hunting permits allocated.
Last year a total of 50 of the huge migratory cranes were killed even though the new regulations allowed for up to 400.
The season began on Dec. 15 this year and by the end of the day on the 19th, 29 sandhills had been harvested, to use the euphemism preferred by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, compared to 26 after the first four days last year. ...
What it has attracted, though, is a huge volume of negative sentiment and publicity from people who like to watch birds in general and these birds in particular.
Sandhills are beautiful birds, standing as tall as 5 feet with wingspans that can reach 6 feet or more. They have a distinctive red forehead. They can live up to 20 years and remain in stable pairs to raise their young.
Those pairs engage in what's known as unison calling, in which they stand together and sing out a set of coordinated calls.
The pairs also engage in dances, for mating and not, in which they swirl and often rise off the ground. No wonder people travel hundreds, sometime thousands of miles to see them.
It is well established that bird-watchers far outnumber, and outspend, bird hunters. If one goal of the department is to increase the number of people who come to Kentucky to enjoy our wildlife resources, then it would be wise to let this experiment quietly end after next year's season.
Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger-Inquirer on methamphetamine production:
There can be no letting our guards down when it comes to methamphetamine use.
It's a lesson we found out the hard way recently as local and state law enforcement continue to battle individuals who try to manufacture the cheaper "one-pot" method and those bent on dealing the higher-grade crystal meth made in sophisticated labs hundreds to thousands of miles away from the streets of Owensboro.
A week after the Owensboro Police Department reported that it was staring at a reduction in meth labs for the year, a major bust seized $100,000 in crystal meth from two Owensboro homes...
Along with the drugs, three handguns, five rifles and a total of $30,000 in cash were taken into evidence.
Knowing those drugs won't reach the street brings relief.
However, it shows how meth dealers adapt and find other ways to introduce their addictive, deadly drugs into cities.
Because Kentucky restricts the amount of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine in a year and tracks its buyers, the hope is the "one-pot" meth labs — a method that uses a two-liter soda bottle with fewer chemicals and less pseudoephedrine — will decline in due time.