I'd like to briefly comment on Kirk C. Robinson's editorial, "Wilds-measure backers yearn for control."

What Mr. Robinson and other opponents of Proposition 5 fall to recognize is that we do not live in a "democracy," but a republic, where the people choose duly elected representatives to represent them before the Congress. A democracy is "direct" government, where the people vote directly on decisions of policy. Sometimes certain issues are of such gravity and importance that it is not wise to allow the people at large to decide the issue. This is one of those times.Supporters of Proposition 5 feel that professional wildlife management officials, who have the knowledge and expertise, should do the managing. It seems that opposition to Proposition 5 is nothing more than a foot-in-the-door approach to the issue by anti-hunting and animal rights people to eventually bring about a total ban on hunting and fishing.

California learned by hard experience the folly of using a public vote approach to wildlife management. In that state, the anti-hunting people got a mountain lion hunting ban enacted a few years ago, despite warnings by wildlife officials and sportsmen that the lion population could get out of control. Within a few years, the mountain lion population had literally exploded. Lions came down into the cities, attacking pets and humans. Recently, a jogger was mauled and killed by a mountain lion.

You anti-hunting/animal rights types moan and complain about wildlife management, but you're not willing to put your money where your mouth is. If you really want to benefit the wildlife, buy a hunting license. The proceeds go towards the management of not only game species, but nongame species as well.

Thomas S. Steinmann