Mayor McCaleb describes Grand Haven and surrounding areas as if they are Detroit. Making statements that gardeners should not need to worry about what they plant if they live in a “city.”
Grand Haven is a town in the woods where most love the natural beauty that wildlife adds. Any talented gardener has in recent years learned how to garden in areas where deer browse. There have been countless seminars and people who are happy to share their successes. Deer trial gardens are planted right within the city.
McCaleb’s comments speak volumes: “Certain people from certain neighborhoods” were helped last time from the cull. Certain people? There are over 10,000 residents she was elected to represent. Should your neighborhoods become killing grounds for the flowers of the few?
A fellow citizen noted that hunting for our food may be one of the “natural laws,” but nature’s laws are not licenses to kill in order to “preserve” privileged neighborhoods. Civility is increasingly fragile in this country and some communities believe their “gates” are invisible.
McCaleb’s plans reveal the gates of Grand Haven and just whom she thinks they should protect. Sensible, sane fences and laws about them enable human gardeners to protect their abundance and also respect the foraging needs of our fellow creatures.
We share this earth and murder fellow creatures for “civilized” isolation at our peril. Let’s stop it now.
— Susan Rhem-Westhoff, Spring Lake
(Note: Susan Rehm-Westhoff is the president of the local wildlife group, Defenders of Urban Wildlife.)