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Opinion Letters Cost assessment of fishing licenses inflated

I was totally aghast last week to read an article concerning newly elected Senator Jim Davis’ contention about how much it was costing the State to have low income persons be able to procure free fishing licenses.

I was social worker for the Blind for 12 years, serving the five western counties of North Carolina. At that time it was possible for me to obtain free fishing license for blind or visually impaired clients. I would be interested to know where Senator Davis gathered his information, printed in the article, that it would cost the State from $12 to $15 to procure each license. I noted that Buncombe County stated it would only cost $3.60 in that county.

A license I obtained took about ten (10) minutes of my time and one postage stamp. Ten minutes of my time was certainly not as expensive as the news article implied. If social workers are making that kind of money now, so that ten minutes would be charged as $12 to $15, there have been an awful lot of raises since I retired.

I do know that the cost of a license seems like a lot more money to persons of low income than it probably does to a state senator, or to an orthodontist, such as Dr. Davis. However, many persons in this state need to procure protein for their diets from whatever source they can, and fishing is one source.

Sue Waldroop — Franklin, N.C.


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