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Who's smarter -- hunter or prey?

December 31, 2007

Re "GOP candidates compete to see who can keep it real," Dec. 27

After seeing your front-page picture of Republican candidate Mike Huckabee posing with a bunch of duck hunters, I thought it a good time to unearth the ineffable Ogden Nash for a moment of much-needed contemplation:

The hunter crouches in his


'Neath camouflage of every


He conjures up a quacking


To lend allure to his decoys.

This grownup man, with pluck

and luck

Is hoping to outwit a duck.

Carol Jean Vogelman

Los Angeles


Mr. Huckabee, if you want to make your boastings about being a great hunter even remotely credible, wrestle an alligator or a tiger. Or better yet, leave the animals alone. But shooting defenseless birds and varmints to show what a big man you are is as laughable as it is distasteful.

Mikko Alanne

Los Angeles

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