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Eagle deaths a difficult issue

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Home for the holiday, I was able to catch up on the discussion in the Opinion section on bald eagle deaths as they related to wind turbines. What a complicated issue.

This notion of applying for permits that allow one to potentially kill a particular number of bald eagles is new to me. It’s a hard concept to stomach. Is there precedence for this?  

How is the bald eagle population doing these days? What are causes of bald eagle death or habitat destruction? Does this “permit” also require the promotion of bald eagle habitat?

These are important questions that should be asked before forming an opinion on this issue. Previous letter writers on the issue in this paper have not sought to answer any questions on what is a complicated mix of conservation biology and energy production.

Obama’s “American-ness,” Sept. 11, Pearl Harbor, and George Washington – when forming an opinion on this complex issue, those four ideas, which have been used as talking points in previous “opinion” pieces, do not matter. Rather, they reveal an unwillingness to think hard about this complicated issue. Note: Google “logical fallacies.”

Note to readers: Eric Holthaus is a former resident of Dixon.

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