Originally created 06/18/97

Claims bipartisan support for measure



Since Chuck Pardue's June 13 letter was just another obvious partisan jab by the Tenth District's Democratic Party chairman, it normally wouldn't merit a response; however, he ought to at least have his facts straight.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., added a provision to the disaster supplemental bill clarifying a 1994 law which allowed the importation of Canadian polar bears killed before 1994 Ä it did not, in any way, "circumvent laws to protect endangered animals." In fact, for every pre-1994 polar bear trophy brought into the United States, $1,000 goes for polar bear conservation. There are more than 400 polar bear trophies waiting to be brought into the United States; that means Rep. Norwood just obtained nearly half a million dollars to help conserve the polar bears in Canada.

This provision had the support of the native Canadian Inuits, the Canadian Wildlife Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Clinton Administration, Republicans and Democrats (except those who plan to run against Rep. Norwood in the next election).

While other controversial items were removed from the supplemental bill, the polar bear provision remained in the bill because Republicans and Democrats supported it....

David M. Barbee, Augusta

(Editor's note: The writer is Richmond County Republican Party chairman.)