Representative Steve Southerland is a sport fisherman and he is the best friend every fishermen has ever had in Congress. Capt. Jim Clements is a commercial fisherman who doesn't like sharing the Gulf fisheries with us "Sports."

The reality is that Steve Southerland recognizes the value of both fishers and he has supported the interests of both commercial and sport fishers with a "balanced" approach for the first time. The fact that PETA and "Ocean Lovers" and other "Preservationist" organizations with "feel good names" give our congressman a bad report card makes Representative Southerland deserving of a "Blue Ribbon" in my book!

I support Rep. Steve Southerland's balanced approach, don't you?

Major Alan Lamarche, Retired

Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement

Florida Game and Fish Commission