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DL Development Committee needs to study up on bees

I had to chuckle when I read the article about the DL Development Committee rejecting a local man's request to keep bees on his property, although their lack of knowledge is definitely no laughing matter. And I further noted the irony of the library's selection for the issue to be a book about bees. It might be a good idea for the members of the committee to read this book.

I wish there had been better reasons to refuse the permit than the committee gave. It is true there is a small percentage of the population who "are deathly allergic to bee stings" which is a serious matter but many people are also deadly allergic to alcohol but that does not prevent the city from doing a brisk business selling alcohol in their municipal store. And I'd venture to say that the far-reaching consequences of that cause far more damage than bees' venom. As to keeping bees on Summit Avenue, I hope the committee members realize there probably are bees on Summit Avenue, perhaps even residing there. What do they think pollinates the fruit, vegetables and flowers of the world? Bees have taken a real beating lately and their decline will cause future problems for our food supply.

Hopefully, there will be a time in the future when this permit can be granted but until then I commend Mr. Muench for trying to help the bees and the environment and hope he can find some nearby spot outside the city limits for his hives and be granted a permit. -- Nancy Moulden, Detroit Lakes