Prejudice in the Press Against Hunters & Anglers

Prejudice in the Press Against Hunters & Anglers
The conservationist has a lot of educating to do.

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – -( It’s been a practice of the press to ignore the sanity and science that underlie the principles of conservation and instead follow the voices that pontificate atop soap-boxes labeled “environmentalism.”

Disagree? When it comes to the environment how often do we read official quotes from those that represent New Jersey’s 650,000 plus anglers, hunters and trappers? Wittingly, or not, it appears the mission of the press is to obsess on squeak of the wheel and not to wonder at wheel’s creation.

The presumption contained in the following article highlights the predicament of the conservationist. The author betrays his prejudice in the very first sentence.

The conservationist has a lot of educating to do.

Bernardsville News (bernardsville, nj) Pingry student earns perfect score on exam By CHARLIE ZAVALICK, Editor Jan 30, 2009 BERNARDSVILLE –

Some people may think that teenagers who like to hunt and fish might not make the best students.

Matt Ford certainly defies that stereotype.

Ford, an 18-year-old Bernardsville resident, is a lover of the great outdoors but also knows how to take care of academics.

A senior at The Pingry School in Bernards Township, he is the only student in all of New Jersey to have earned a perfect 36 on the American College Testing (ACT) examination in October. “I love to spend time outdoors,” the Post Kennel Road resident said. “A lot of guys who hunt are captains of industry.”

Ford, who also enjoys skiing and is a member of the Pingry track team, said he had taken the ACT exam earlier and scored a 34. He thought he could possibly do better but never really thought he’d record a perfect score.

“We were very proud of him when we heard that he had achieved a perfect score, but once we were advised by the ACT that he was the only one in New Jersey to achieve this, and only one of 69 in the country, we were amazed,” said his father, Robert Ford. “Naturally, our biggest hope now is that it will help get him into the college of his choice.”

“It’s an incredible achievement,” added his mom, Helen Ford.

“This is a noteworthy achievement and is reflective of Matt’s outstanding academic accomplishments,” said Pingry School Headmaster Nat Conard.

When asked how his friends reacted when hearing about his score, Matt Ford showed another side of his personality – his sense of humor.

“They now know that I’m much more than just another pretty face,” he said. Ford also noted that his score has set a high bar for his younger brother, Alexander, 16, who is currently a sophomore at Bernards High School.

“My brother said the best you can do now is tie me,” he joked.

Established in 1959, the ACT exam is a multiple-choice college entrance exam that covers English, math, reading and science. It takes about four hours to complete the exam.

According to the ACT website, it is America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam. The national average ACT composite score for 2008 was 21.1.

Ford said it is his understanding that the ACT exam is equally weighted with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) by many colleges. He scored a 2290 on the SAT.

As far as preparation for the exam, he said he did nothing more than use a program that is offered online.

“I used the generic booklet they have on their website,” he said.

He also credited his school for his accomplishment.

“I owe it all to Pingry,” he said. “I would not have gotten the 36 if it weren’t for Pingry.

“Finally all those years of paying room and board for me is paying off,” he once again joked. Pingry is a co-educational day school.

Ford said he plans to concentrate on business and economics in college. He said he also enjoys psychology.

He has applied to several colleges for early admission but has not yet gotten word.

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr.

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