The only way we’ll get a real debate about bear hunting and trapping is to clear the room of reporters and moderators and let the two sides go at each other – a bare knuckled bear debate.
Otherwise, we’re going to get the standard questions and the rote memorized answers – and Maine voters won’t know any more about bear hunting and trapping when the campaign ends than they do today – which is next to nothing, judging from the questions people are asking me.
Here’s how it might go. To make this simple, we’ll call those opposed to the referendum the Opponents, and those who support the referendum the Supporters. Each side would get five minute opening statements and then we’d get right into it.
While the opening statements are being delivered, you can get your beer and snacks. You’ve already heard those statements, boiled down to 30 second TV ads.