Dear Editor:

In response to your May 24 story, "Buzz kill for bees," let me offer an opposing view. But first let me say that I do believe in doing everything I can to take care of our Earth. I recycle, I try to use very little plastic and I believe pesticides should be used sparingly, if at all.

That being said, my purpose is to bring to your attention another viewpoint in the "loss" of honeybees. In the June 2019 issue of Southern Living magazine, the columnist Steve Bender, who uses the title the "Grumpy Gardener," says the following, "... more colonies of bees exist in the U.S. today than 20 years ago. ... They aren't native to North America. European colonists brought them here. Also, honeybees aren't the only pollinating insects. In addition to butterflies, moths and flies, this country is home to more than 4,000 species of native bees that nest in the ground or in hollow stems. Some do a better job of pollinating crops like blueberries and tomatoes, than honeybees. Protect pollinators? Yes, Panic? Not just yet!"

And on a personal note, last summer we had a swarm of honeybees take up residence in our church entrance brick columns that our members had to pass to enter. We didn't want them destroyed, and one of our members called (local bee expert) Howard Kerr. He couldn't make time for them. We called several others before we found someone to save them and us.

Maybe I agree with the Grumpy Gardener, "Panic? No just yet!"

Barbara West

Marble Hill Road


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