Madness of nuclear proliferation

I am growing increasingly convinced that we human beings must subconsciously desire our own destruction. What other explanation can there be for our wanton disregard for our survival? The conscious and willful destruction of our environment and our refusal to take action to prevent it is just one glaring example. And now we are openly discussing nuclear war.

The nation states of the world are rearming at a remarkable rate. The proliferation of nuclear weapons is yet again a reality. What is our supposed enlightened Western response, parroted from every mouth of the media pundit class and our spineless intelligentsia and political class, to the ravings of a fanatic in Moscow who threatens us with nuclear annihilation if he is not allowed to act with impunity? More weapons, more war. Fighting fire with fire.

Anyone with a nuclear weapon is a coward, and anyone who is willing to use one or has used one is a criminal. Unless the human race recognizes this and moves to disarm every nuclear weapon in existence, we will end up using them and condemn our species (and numerous others) to extinction.

Should we decide to cling to them in our obstinate fear, then we will, despite all our intelligence and sophistication, never advance further than our earliest ancestors. We will remain nothing more than a savage species, forever teetering on the precipice of oblivion.

T.S. Eliot once said, “this is how the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.” If we stay on this course of rapid nuclear proliferation, there will in fact be a vast multitude of bangs, a cacophony of blasts that will render us deaf and dumb.

So in the end the last whimper will escape us altogether.

Dan Nelson
Highland Park

 

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Prevent the spread of bird flu

My spouse and I have been working to develop a bird-friendly yard for two years, and this is the first year we have had a consistent presence of birds on our feeders. We see goldfinches, house finches, redpolls, white-breasted nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers and, my favorite, chickadees! We listen to their calls and watch them as we drink our coffee each morning.

The birds have been a bright spot during the pandemic, and I view them as friends.

Sadly, the other day, I took down my bird feeders and put away my bird bath. I removed my feeders and bird bath at the recommendation of the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. They recommend trying to reduce places where birds may gather because there is an extremely deadly virus spreading among birds across the United States and beyond.

The virus is a strain of H5N1 and causes highly pathogenic avian influenza. It is highly transmissible and has a high mortality rate.

The morning after I removed my feeders, a goldfinch landed on my windowsill and looked in at me as if asking why I took down the feeders. Although I feel sad each time I see my empty birdfeeder hooks or hear a goldfinch sing, I am trying to help them in any way I can.

Please consider removing your bird feeders and baths for now and hopefully the outbreak will slow down soon.

Lou Helf
Merriam Park

The mark of a McClure story

I have too long delayed in acknowledging what you and your readers already know, which is what reporter Jane McClure has for years done, and continues to do—namely write excellent, concise and complete articles for MyVillager. She gets the facts and reports them in a most presentable form and without redundancy, for which we are grateful. Don’t let her retire.

Rick Wilhoit
Macalester-Groveland

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