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Letter: We’re too lenient

This in is regards to Post Independent’s July 13 article on the Roan Plateau elk poaching. I am a retiree of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), formerly the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Upon being hired years ago, we were told if we were convicted of a fisheries or wildlife crime, we were subject to dismissal including loss of retirement. We were expected to enhance, protect, and respect our natural resources.

According to the article, the two F&W employees convicted in the crime are still working for the federal government, two years after the violation. These employees work for an agency that is supposed to govern our natural resources for their betterment.

The sentence given the two employees seems rather lenient versus loss of job and retirement. I guess this is another sign of the leniency that has instilled itself in our society.

Paul Pristas

New Castle

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