• Virginia Tolles

In Defense of the "Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees"

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The land next door to where I live used to be a nature preserve. Yes, used to be. Apparently, the preservation was denatured, because the trees there are being taken down. Why, you ask? I'll tell you, but you won't like the answer: to build another apartment complex. Yes, some greedy so-and-so has decided making money is more important than preserving nature.

What about the apartment complex that those trees provided for the birds, squirrels, and, yes, even a beautiful trumpet vine that lived there? What about the respite from cement, chain link fencing, and noisy neighbors the trees and flowers and wildlife provided for us people next door?

It wasn't so very long ago that nature preserves, national parks, state parks, and parks run by the Corps of Engineers were sacrosanct. One wouldn't even think of destroying them. We respected the beauty of nature and the right of the animals and plants that lived there to exist without having human beings intrude.

Today, people seem to be more interested in acquiring wealth than in preserving the lives of the trees and the wildlife that live in them. Is it any surprise, then, that the world is being besieged by bombers out to destroy cities, drive-by shooters who think nothing of killing children, and politicians and reporters who will say and do anything to win a vote or higher ratings?

It's sad to see any tree being cut down that hasn't passed its prime, but to invade a forest that has been preserved for wildlife is every bit as wrong as bombing cities. Actually, it's the very same thing. Think about it.

Quotation: Jewel Akens (1964)

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