Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Toronto rivers - credit and humber
I think there's a lot to be said for allowing a place on the forum to discuss the environmental issues that I'm sure we all care about. Taking the last couple environmental/political threads as examples (the first regarding public lands and the second regarding the endangered species act) I found the majority of the posts to be well thought out, and personally very informative. There are a bunch of well informed people on this site, regardless of political leanings, and it would be a shame to have all opportunities for civil dialogue shut down preemptively.
I understand the argument that politics have no place on this (or other fishing) sites, and that we're all here to escape a bit from our daily lives with a little virtual water time, but I'm personally of the opinion that if we want to keep us and our children fishing we no longer have the luxury of burying our (collective and individual) heads in the fly fishing sand about environmental issues. And the solutions to these issues, whether we like it or not, are political. And we need to be able to talk about them, differing opinions or no.
All this to say that I would be very in favour of a forum dedicated to discussion about these topics. That way an individual can choose to read or not, to join in or not. Yes, it would need heavy moderation and would probably mean a lot of work for those in that role, but I think it's important enough to very seriously consider.