Don’t go down slippery slope

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Recently 40 State Assembly members signed and sent a letter to Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards asking his resignation for killing a mountain lion in Idaho. The letter said, “Your actions raise serious questions about whether you respect the laws of the people of California and whether you are fit to adequately enforce those laws.” The lieutenant governor wrote him, saying killing a cougar doesn’t reflect California values and the incident is a distraction that interferes with commission issues. He has also been accused of “thumbing his nose at California law.” If legally shooting a lion in another state means you are guilty and you must resign, we are going down a very slippery slope. Think about it. If any person holding California public office were to drive the legally posted 75 mph speed limit on I-80 in Nevada, they would need to step down. The speed limit on I-80 here is 65 mph so by driving the legally posted speed limit in Nevada you would “not respect the laws of the people of California.” Sounds pretty stupid, but that is where we are headed with this. We are saying that you need to follow California law everywhere you go if you are holding a public office. Mr. Richards did not break any laws. Cary Jellison, Auburn