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posted: 8/18/2014 5:01 AM

Community-based hives would protect the honeybee

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The constant articles about extinction of species, pollutants and climate change are unnerving. One noteworthy problem that can affect the world food supply is the plight of a tiny insect the size of a fingernail -- the honey bee, which pollinates a high percentage of our food. The results of this pending extinction would be grim and serious. Pesticides are to blame and so I ask, why are such killers permitted?

I have an idea how to help the honeybee, and it is clean, easy and effective. It involves every village, town and city to establish a community project, to work with the USDA and bee experts to create a community beehive in a designated area, complete with beekeepers paid from the local tax base.

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Indeed, such money would be used better than by updating a golf course or other unnecessary projects, of which there are far to many. A community project to protect the bee. Sounds practical, even honorable, and something to be proud of doing.

Patricia Parhad

Mount Prospect

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