In a prior post I mentioned the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had declared a hunting season for porcupines.
Of course the state has bigger issues…but extinction of the porcupine seems symptomatic of how we focus on the wrong things. Pattye Benson’s fine post about Pennsylvania’s roadway bridge conditions reminds us all of at least one subject that has needed attention for quite some time now…and surely affects all of us in the Commonwealth. I come across a bridge in Pennsylvania daily…I have not come across a porcupine in my fifty-plus years here.
In an editorial over the weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out a couple of curious items to the story they originally broke:
1. The Game Commission member quoted as assuring all war was not being declared on the porcupine…turns out his brother is one who has complained about the critters.
2. The Game Commission could produce only four porcupine complaints in the last five…YEARS.
Something is terribly amiss when a law is enacted – no matter how trivial to some – without merit.
Save the porcupine and fix the bridges…not necessarily in that order…but actions equally logical.