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A Stark Contrast

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-A Letter to the WSJ- by James Beers

You unwittingly offered a dramatic comparison between Alyssia Finley’s juvenile and feminine fable about wolf myths in her Gray Wolf in the Silver State and Fahoum Fahoum’s The Arab Boy on the Israeli Tennis Team.  For the record, Miss Finley’s ridiculing wolf depredations on cattle (“”cow-ripping isn’t a crime”); wolf depredations on livestock (“was never proven beyond a reasonable doubt”); and making ranchers the villains regarding wolves (“evidence could have been planted by ranchers” and accusing ranchers of being “vigilantes”) only throws gasoline on an already red hot issue.  Her cutesy closure by “Tom Wolf”, AKA Thomas Wolfe no doubt, only confirms this bit of urban elite environmental tale meant for little more than propagandizing munchkins before they can evaluate what they are being told about an important matter.

Mr. Fahoum’s excellent piece about an Arab boy and Israeli governance is a stark contrast about a masculine view about sports as a significant remedy for at least some of the decades-old conflicts between Jews and Arabs in Israel as well as other such conflicts worldwide.  His explanation and example as a current member of the Quinnipiac University tennis team is a great archetype of what he calls “a shared, complex identity” and what psychologists call, “superordinate identity”.

Comparing these two Opinion pieces in one WSJ issue: I give a loud “Hurray” for Mr. Fahoum’s values, his writing and his handling of a very sensitive matter; as for Miss Finley, what were you thinking?

Jim Beers

6 April 2017

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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