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Posted by Todd Evans on February 10, 2002 at 04:58:11:
In Reply to: Re: Next week's meeting and other stuff..... posted by Lisa on February 09, 2002 at 14:19:59:
First......why WON'T you be there.....you're probably closer to us than most people.....hitch a ride with Jason if you don't want to drive....e-mail me for his #...........
I know it's basically pointless to write directly to the API, but I'm basically trying to make the point to them that there ARE people out there that wil dispute their facts.....maybe after they lose in Washington, they won't go for us or anyone else, realizing that we may be more organized than they think....you never know what could happen.....besides, there are SO many more people going through legislative channels, and the replys they've received are VERY positive......
Now, as far as the drafting of a bill......does anyone else have objection to the Florida system or a similar one. The main thing we could gain from this is the fact that WE are taking responsibility for our actions. We would PROVE to the Pennsylvania Legislature that we understand the public image that our hobby has, and that we strive to do something about it. I mean, personally we would all be grandfathered (or grandmothered) in, and we could take the opportunity to teach people the proper ways to handle venomous animals (and receive some FREE cleaning help at the same time) I mean, that is one of our objectives right, to educate.....
I don't know, I just have this fear that if we don't take a proactive approach to legislation that there will be a bill that could hurt all of us. We might as well make it on OUR terms.
As far as the show.....some of the vendors have in fact asked us to lower our prices on tables...(Pittsburgh did) so it's obvious that they don't make what they thought they would.....we need to discuss this at the meeting........I've already received replys from Chris and Ron....they both said they would be here.....Beyond Utopia will be there as well, heck most of us live here (Todd, George, Nicki, Mike, Kristen, Jason. I haven't heard from Denes, John (assuming he won't show up....work) Ralph, or anyone else.....if somebody could please give them a ring and tell them what's up, I'd appreciate it.
Lisa.....Please try to make it.......we need the voice of doubt...er uh reason.......kidding, it was a joke, don't hit me......too hard