LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Silent Spring

By Ken Hughes | Published Saturday, March 16, 2019

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When I was a youngster, I remember reveling in the spring season. I remember songbirds everywhere in uncountable numbers and hundreds of flying insects circling porch lights or streetlights and impacting on car windshields.

I graduated from high school in 1962. That same year Rachel Carson published her eponymous book “Silent Spring.” The very idea of a silent spring was anathema to my personal experiences with spring, so I bought a copy and read it from cover to cover that day; impossible I thought.

Spring meant I could escape the house and meet with friends and even make a few new ones. The apple trees were wearing their white crowns of blossoms that were seemingly under continuous assault from hundreds of honey bees. Songbirds were making their presence known to others by endless renditions of mating calls.

All that has changed. The east coast flyway shows a very large decline in most species. The flyway has been monitored for several decades by radar due to the increase in drug-carrying airplanes. Although Dee and I didn’t move to Wise County until June 2003, I was shocked to notice a remarkable decrease in songbird species since our arrival. Associated with the large decline in birds is the great decline and seeming disappearance in flying insects that are the main food source for birds of all species.

What is driving the real-time silent spring? Simple, climate change, global warming if you will. When added to habitat loss, it spells disaster over time.

From the Washington Post Ben Guarino, Oct. 15, 2018: “Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing too.”

No insects equal no birds and a “Silent Spring.”

The rest of the world is aware that human activities are the root cause of climate change and are taking steps to combat the crisis. A Republican member of congress thinks it’s clever to bring in a snowball and decries global warming, and Trump removes the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. They both demonstrate their boundless idiocy and sell out to big polluters.

Ken Hughes
Wise County

One Response to “Silent Spring”

  1. “Climate change” is a left-wimg hoax, dutifully backed by a left-wing media and left-wing “climate scientists.”

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