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Nelson v. Game and Fish: 'Ego orgy'

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Is Sheffield Nelson's attack on the state Game and Fish Commission on which he once sat — richly and prominently covered yet again in today's Democrat-Gazette — really because he's chapped over loss of a fall turkey season?

John Brummett suggests that today
. He also comments — and I'm beginning to share some of this feeling — that the whole affair is "boring and petty and an ego orgy."

The committee system devised by a handful of commissioners at the Millionaire Boys Hunting Club was probably a bad idea, though probably not illegal (and it only mirrors the legislative system). The commission's outside legal and PR contracts are certainly questionable expenditures, if you think thrift still matters at the gas royalty- and sales tax-rich agency. But I also think the constitutionally independent agency can do just about whatever the hell it pleases (see its use of gas revenues sorely needed to patch up roads and monitor pollution from drilling activity). I don't think, however, it can override state law, as it tried to do in the case of the Freedom of Information Act. There, at least, Nelson had a very good point.

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