This is no time to monkey around
I’m lying in my bed all cozy and quiet. It’s your typical Monday. Of course Lee, my caretaker, is already here working on her computer. I say of course because I wouldn’t be writing this if she wasn’t here since I get my ride to the office from her.
Tim comes in and then Katie. Tim starts telling Lee about a press release he received concerning the status of the Rocky Mountain Monkey-flower. Katie mentions that she also saw the release and comments how important it is to protect nature. Monkey-flower? Are you kidding me? I had no idea there was such a thing.
Apparently, the Monkey-flower, also known as Mimulus gemmiparus, is under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if the flower is in danger of extinction. Really, with all that is going on with this country right now — high unemployment, people losing their homes and life savings, government spending and graft, one in six Americans in poverty and drug abuse, just to name a few of the problems we are challenged with at this time, do we really need to worry about the extinction of the Monkey-flower?
I question whether this plant is as important as the 23,000,000 people out of work right now?
The Rocky Mountain Monkey-flower is a rare plant which is found in only seven small subalpine locations along the front range of the Rocky Mountains west of Denver on federal and state lands. It is only four inches high, seldom produces flowers, does not seed and hides among ferns and mosses.
What good is the Monkey-flower? If they are not edible or you can’t make anything out of them or even enjoy their beauty, why on earth would the taxpayers want to shell out millions to study them? Honestly, don’t we have enough problems in this world without spending money on this? Even if the plant is deemed endangered, what does that mean? It means they are protected from the public. If they hide amongst ferns and mosses away from trails, doesn’t that make them automatically protected by nature?
Don’t get me wrong, I love nature and I believe in protecting the beauty and resources of our planet but at what cost? Since I live a lot of my life in the Fruita Times office window, I’m often able to see when stores on Aspen Ave. go out of business. When Lee takes me home at night, I’m able to see a lot of homes which are in foreclosure. This is alarming.
What’s more alarming is that the government is willing to spend millions on studying the Rocky Mountain Monkey-flowers. What’s worse, the government has already spent time and money studying the Monkey-flower only to concur that they need to spend even more money and time because the initial study was inconclusive. Inconclusive? The flower is impacted by hikers, wildfire and a warmer and drier climate. Nothing else.
Okay, we can’t do anything about fires and climate so there is no protection there. As for the hikers, does that mean we close out all the hiking trails in the seven regions this plant is located in? To me that sounds a little severe to protect a plant that has no real value except that it may be endangered. What are humans thinking here? Maybe they should consider spending taxpayer money to protect people from losing their homes rather than on a flower which seldom blooms and when it does, it is hidden among ferns and mosses.
Another press release this week from the same U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency reported a $5.7 million state wildlife grant to be awarded to seven states and wildlife agencies to help conserve and recover imperiled species and habitats. That would surely buy a lot of cat food and litter plus help a lot of hard-working taxpaying families keep their homes, wouldn’t it?
The reason for this long-winded diatribe is because I plan to work toward reform of this kind of wasteful spending when I’m elected to the House District 54 seat as the write-in candidate this November. Remember, a vote for Charlie Cat is a vote for common sense.
I’m Charlie Cat and I approve this message.