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Happy National Pollinator Week!

As a Springs native, I was ecstatic to get the chance last week to reach out to people about a campaign I'm working on with Environment Colorado to save our bees and our food supply.

We rely on bees to pollinate the vast majority of household favorite foods, but we have been losing them in unprecedented numbers. Beekeepers nationwide report an average colony loss of 30% and higher each winter. Allowing this trend to continue would be detrimental to Coloradans' livelihood.

In the 80s and 90s pesticides called "neonicotinoids" (neonics) were developed. They're less harmful to birds and people than previously used pesticides, but unfortunately they're exceptionally good at killing flying insects. Bees that come into contact with neonics either die of paralysis or bring the highly addictive substance back to their hive. A hive contaminated with neonics can experience colony collapse, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of bees in one fell swoop.

The good Springs people with whom I spoke understood the urgency of this issue, and they signed Environment Colorado's petition to get Colorado to become the next state where consumer sale of neonics is banned. We hope and trust that Rep. Marc Snyder will hear our voices and join us in saving the bees.
— Tristan D. Bohnen

Prattle

English has improved immensely and our little ones have picked it right up. They say I was like or I'm like instead of saying I said or I felt or I thought. This keeps them from having to relate what they said or felt or thought. This is good since they realize that nobody cares. It saves time and thought. And nothing needs to be exact anymore. Instead of saying the ice was cold, we say the ice was like cold – which could range anywhere up to hot since cold and hot are both temperatures. No need to commit. Our constant use of like and two other words serve as the core of our new talk – those are actually and so. Ask the First Grade teacher a question and she will begin with So as though she's continuing with something. Or she'll begin with Actually. This means she is no longer just making up answers. And there are other perks: Immigrants find the vocabulary easier since only three words are 20 percent of our speech. And our statements now end with a questioning upward inflection, admitting up front that we're not sure of anything we're saying. English sort of expected us to know something, and that was no fun. You had to have something to say. Now we can just make noise to get attention, which is all we want anyway. We should give our new language a name. Prattle would be a good choice.
— Jim Inman

Illegal aliens

I would like to comment on Mr. Hightower's column in the 5-11 June issue.

I do commend Ms. Todd's actions & her humanity. One should be able to help those in need without fear of persecution, while remaining within the law. If we had better border security, like any other first-world country, this would not have even been possible.

Mr. Hightower however, seems to have fallen victim to the idea that if you say something enough it will become truth. Clearly, the three individuals were not in the United States legally and, as such, are illegal aliens/immigrants. To categorize them as simply migrants or refugees intentionally detracts from this fact. Were it otherwise they wouldn't have been detained by ICE & Ms. Todd would not have been arrested with the possibility of facing criminal charges. Mr. Hightower would have us believe that anyone & everyone should be able to enter & stay in this country without proper documentation. It just doesn't work that way nor should it.

I say this from the perspective of one who's spouse is a foreign national. After we married it took nearly two years for her to receive a spouse visa to come here. And this is someone who actually has much to offer this country, a PhD in Molecular Genetics in particular, not just the willingness to do manual labor in order to be here.
— Mike Endres

Nature as property

What can you say about national news that amply covers Meghan Markle's latest fashion yet gives two sentences to a UN report that a million species are in danger of extinction? What can we conclude about a Colorado state university that amasses record research monies, never mind some is used to torture and kill wild birds? What do we do about an administration that winks at permitting increased amounts of rocket fuel in drinking water, coincidentally while launching Space Force? How are these abuses related?

I say as long as we objectify Nature as property, any abuse of it can be justified. I conclude: if we treat the Earth and animals as objects to use as we wish, we also objectify humans and we, too, suffer. Our ancestors related to Nature as alive, aware and sentient. They understood to abuse it was to Invite devastation and catastrophe. Could even our epidemics of depression, addiction and violence be related?

Discuss the connections at my free talk, "Connect to our Earth and Other Animals," Sunday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. at Miriam's Place, 1519 E Boulder. Learn how you can create a personal relationship with Nature that is conscious, reciprocal and more essential than ever.
— Rebekah Shardy

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