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OPINION: Who Doesn't Like Salmon?

And then there is the continuing struggle between animals (the human animal included) and other animals. Consider the unlucky little sea-lion who is now smiling after having been rescued by a Marine Mammal Center.

He was found with a tangled fishnet wrapped around his head, neck and throat, a fishhook deeply lodged into the back of his head, two in his stomach and shotgun pellets in his chest to top it all off.

Poor guy. He had simply been following the fish, hoping for a good meal.

And this battle is their livelihood (so it would seem) as much as it is the sea lions.

A meal he needed to keep up his strength and stamina in the ocean he calls home.

Unfortunately, the salmon he was following that day were also followed by a boat of fishermen, also searching for their own source of livelihood. While, by no means, not all fishermen take these matter into their own hands, some do.

The fishermen, whose frustration at their competitors outweighs their moral conscience, sometimes find themselves fighting for survival, pure and simple. With other obstacles such as season, weather, and increased restrictions, these men are already fighting an uphill battle.

And this battle is their livelihood (so it would seem) as much as it the sea lions.

But wait! Sea lions belong in the ocean and have always eaten salmon; how are these creatures to know that following their instinctual behavior is going to possibly lead to entanglement and death??

In the case of commercial fishers, their livelihood is seriously threatened by too many sea lions fighting for the same "profit". Many fishermen claim that too many sea lions exist, because laws have been passed to protect declining populations of marine mammals. We wonder if the sea lions think that too many humans exist and therefore, should be shot, hooked and killed in their native habitats?

Hmmm.

Adapted from an Opinion by Kate Reynolds as submitted to www.thecoolgroup.org

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Shirley Goodnest
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Sara was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence yet know that he was safe.

She mentioned her dilemma to her neighbor who said that she would follow Timmy to school since she was up early with her toddler anyway. It would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well as keep an eye on Timmy for Sara's peace of mind

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally, he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?"

Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."

The friend said, "Well, who is she?"

"That's just Shirley Goodnest," Timmy replied, "and her daughter Marcy."

"Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?"

"Well," Timmy explained, "Every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!"

And may Shirley Goodnest and Marcy also be with you today and always.

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