Denying motivation is the most craven act
Apparently, Bruce Heldt, from his June 4 letter, believes all violence should be condemned, except when it is committed in the city which holds the seat of the U.S. government and involves the threatening of lawmakers (who were validating a legal and fair election). Heldt seems to believe the tearing of a piece of paper is much worse than physically threatening lawmakers and the Capitol Police. Openly denying that the instigators, well-wishers and motivators of these events should be held responsible for their actions is a craven act. Heldt is welcome among them.
Dwindling monarchs need us to survive
The monarchs need our help more than ever now. Their numbers have plummeted to record lows in all states. If we humans do not get serious about saving these majestic butterflies, they will disappear forever.
The monarch population west of the Rocky Mountains is on the brink of extinction. They only counted 35,000. Those numbers cannot sustain the population for long. If you don't think climate change is in part to blame, then you have your head in the sand.Humans also have a large hand in the destruction of the habitat these butterflies need. Killing milkweed kills the monarch. It's the only plant this butterfly uses for all stages of its life. The milkweed goes away, the butterflies go away.
They have not yet shown up here in northeast Indiana. I have not seen but one, highly unusual.Please include a patch of milkweed in a small portion of your gardens. The flowers smell so good, so sweet and they look good. You can manage a small portion in a small plot of a garden you have to help the butterflies survive.
Stop cutting or mowing the milkweed down; it's a native plant. Manage it instead. That is easy to do. Ask your county workers to leave patches of milkweed along the roads and in fields as they mow the grass and weeds during the summer.
We need to do whatever it takes to keep this butterfly alive for our future generations. Please help them.
Carrier's legacy large
Happy retirement to Ken Reffe, The Journal Gazette's best paper carrier. He has left some big shoes to fill.
Thank you for your service.