View of pests is relative

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It was time to set out the tomato plants. As I was weeding my vegetable garden, I came across a few cutworms and immediately pinched them dead.

Then I thought: This is one of God’s little creatures, too. Who am I to decide they should die? Then I saw another cutworm and pinched it dead, too – no sense in letting them eat the roots of my tomato plants if I can help it.

As I wondered about this dilemma, my thoughts went to the weeds I was killing. I remembered my grandmother’s definition of a weed: “a plant that you don’t want where it is.” I realized that in some cultures, these worms and plants are valuable, but to me they are just pests.

Then I thought of the recent newspaper articles about too many stray dogs and cats, and how some people are very sensitive about how they are being treated.

Of course, to other people, they are just pests. A recent letter to the editor (“What about the abortions?” April 6) compared the stray pet problem to killing our unborn human babies. I guess these unborn babies must be “just pests” to some people.

In a few short years, I will be decrepit enough to go to a nursing home, and someone else will be in charge of my thoughts. Then perhaps I will be a “pest,” too. Who am I to decide which pests should die?

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Truth Matters
Truth Matters 04/11/13 - 05:40 am
Pesky Little Pest

Someone once said, " Be careful how you treat babies and old people; at some part you will have been both." Many of us must be concerned about the care we will receive in our "twilight" years. As an advocate for high standards of care, I am often reminded that those who provide for care of our youngest (child care teachers/workers) and our elderly (nursing home workers) are not the best compensated. Let's hope that we have instilled humanity in them that we don't have to approach these years with fear.

Thanks for your letter and for giving me one of the platforms for my morning thanksgiving/prayer ritual.

Be blessed today all!

Bodhisattva 04/11/13 - 07:04 am
Bankers, stock brokers, hedge

Bankers, stock brokers, hedge fund managers make the big bucks. Cops, EMT's, nursing aids, firemen, etc. get squat. Maybe when those values change in society we can worry about others.

Humble Angela
Humble Angela 04/11/13 - 08:37 am
On the topic of human worth,

On the topic of human worth, Specta posted this 2 days ago and it clearly illustrates the inhumane nature of abortion.

"Each person is worth something just because they exist. Period."

Given Specta's past posts, I found it odd that he/she would speak out against abortion so strongly, but apparently everyone can reform.

Darby 04/11/13 - 12:26 pm
"apparently everyone can reform."

While that is certainly true, Angela, in this case, the adage "there is good and bad in us all" might be more appropriate.

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