Letter of the week

DNR should re-examine walleye fishing policy

Representative Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, released the following statement regarding news that the state is closing walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake effective Friday, September 6.

I remain concerned about anglers having to account for the hooking mortality of walleye when the only floaters I ever saw when I fished the lake were tullibee. Despite this disappointing news, I urge folks to continue to use the lake to fish for other species and to patronize businesses around the lake as we look to continue to strengthen our local economy.

The Department of Natural Resources cites high angling pressure and catch rates in July and August when warm water increased hooking mortality and resulted in a larger-than-expected walleye kill.

The DNR this year allowed anglers to keep one walleye through May 31 before it returned to catch-and-release-only walleye fishing. It was the first time since 2015 that Mille Lacs anglers could keep a walleye during the open-water season.

The DNR must re-examine the policy on hooking mortality. Instead of focusing on morality, the DNR should focus on allowing anglers to keep at least a portion of the walleyes hooked. It is more logical for anglers to keep a walleye than to count it later as dead.

Starting Sept. 6 at 12:01 a.m., anglers can’t legally target walleyes on Mille Lacs, but may fish for other species.

Sondra Ericsson, State Representative, District 15A

Dear editor,

In his encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis offers this prayer to God: “You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.” Notice the word in, not just “above and beyond.”

So, the monotheistic God of Catholicism is both “above and beyond” the creation and immanent “in” all of creation.

The late New Age leader, Benjamin Creme, wrote: “But eventually a new world religion will be inaugurated which will be a fusion and synthesis of the approach of the East and the approach of the West. The Christ will bring together, not simply Christianity and Buddhism, but the concept of God transcendent – outside of His creation – and also the concept of God immanent in all creation – in man and all creation.”

Paramahansa Yogananda, the Father of yoga in the West, wrote: Spirit existed before God. God is the Creator of the universe, but Spirit is the Creator of God.” The Hindu name for “God” is Brahma. “This Sanskrit word [Brahma] derives from the verbal root brh ‘to expand, grow, fructify,’ because ‘Brahma expands’ and becomes the Universe woven out of his own substance” - Theosophy Wiki.

A Hindu sacred text states that after Spirit (the Supreme God) emanated/created the subordinate God (Brahma), He sinned, causing H/him to manifest as the U/universe. Because of Brahma’s original sin, H/he now has both a divine manifestation and a less-than-divine manifestation, meaning the U/universe is both, an essentially undifferentiated mass of light permeated with Christ/Krishna/Buddha God Consciousness and the material universe is a corrupted, less-than-divine, illusionary manifestation of the divine manifestation of the Universe. The less-than-divine manifestation of the U/universe, the material universe, has a soul, it is the world soul.

One of the founding figures of the modern New Age Movement, David Spangler, wrote: “The idea of a world soul, an anima mundi, a planetary Logos, is an ancient one found in both Eastern and Western culture. The world soul is usually conceived as a ‘formative force,’ an active, intelligent, purposeful spiritual presence at work in the material world to guide and guard the course of planetary evolution. It is generally not accorded the status of being the ultimate source, or Creator [Spirit], but might be looked upon as a [less-than-divine] great angelic or archangelic being presiding over the well being of the world, or the gestalt, the wholeness of all the lives and patterns that manifest upon, and as, the earth.”

The goal of New Agers is to first become One with the Divine manifestation of the Universe, and then go through It, to ultimately become One with Spirit.

Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer, Wahkon

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