(Extensions of Remarks - July 14, 2010)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1317]
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                         HON. CANDICE S. MILLER

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, July 14, 2010

  Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Madam Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge a 
special anniversary celebration for an important organization 
headquartered in my district in the Charter Township of Shelby. In 
September 2011, the Detroit Sportsmen's Congress, DSC, will mark its 
75th Anniversary. This group has already started preparations to 
properly recognize this historic achievement. The organization traces 
its inception back to the year 1936 in the City of Detroit. And over 
time, it has grown into perhaps one of the nation's most distinguished 
conservation and sportsmen's groups.
  The Detroit Sportsmen's Congress has demonstrated an unwavering 
commitment to preserve the natural treasures and pristine resources we 
are so blessed to live with in the State of Michigan. The DSC has 
offered a variety of educational programs for adults, children and the 
community at-large and has exhibited a strong record promoting 
conversation and safety. As a Member of the Homeland Security, I also 
want to applaud the group for offering its training facilities to 
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. This is just one of 
the many examples of how the DSC is serving the people of Metropolitan 
  The Wolverine State abounds with so many wonderful opportunities and 
recreational activities like hunting, competitive target shooting, 
fishing, and boating. From the ATV trails to the banks of the 
magnificent rivers and all across this splendid peninsula, you can find 
people enjoying some type of leisure and pleasure in the great 
outdoors. These activities provide a tremendous boost to our quality of 
life and allow families to spend time together. Building memories with 
loved ones and handing down family traditions to the next generation 
are some of the most priceless moments we can hold dear and cherish.
  I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the financial 
contributions these activities offer to the local and state economy. It 
is absolutely vital we protect and enhance our environment for not only 
future preservation, but also the benefits they offer to individuals 
who depend on them for their livelihoods and careers.
  Madam Speaker, I am a water enthusiast and grew up sailing the Great 
Lakes. In fact, I have made the Great Lakes one of my principle 
advocacies since being elected to office. Therefore, I appreciate the 
hard work exhibited by the DSC and its membership both past and 
  Moreover, I am always reminded of my oath to defend the United States 
Constitution, so safeguarding the Second Amendment is something I take 
very seriously. That is why supporting legislation which protects law-
abiding citizens ability to keep and bear arms is something I will 
continue to fight for as long as I have the privilege to serve in this 
  Madam Speaker, I applaud the Detroit Sportsmen's Congress for their 
dedicated efforts to educate people about our rights, our heritage and 
our environment. The DSC and its affiliates are providing a vital 
service to the community and continuing what is the strong tradition of 
sportsmen residing in Michigan.
  It is here I am reminded of the words of our nation's 26th President, 
Theodore Roosevelt, who once said, ``To waste, destroy our natural 
resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to 
increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our 
children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to 
them amplified and developed.'' I too would agree we have an obligation 
to leave the next generation with improved natural resources and even 
more opportunities in life than what we inherited. This is the ultimate 
goal and the reason we go to work each day.
  Once again, I extend my best wishes to the Detroit Sportsmen's 
Congress on its upcoming 75th Anniversary. It is my distinct honor to 
represent this organization in the United States House of 
Representatives and to commemorate this notable achievement. Happy 75th 
Anniversary to the Detroit Sportsmen's Congress.