Consider Our Fellow Creatures
Last updated 9/8/2021 at 1:02pm
I worry about those who love nature and want to experience nature, so they destroy nature in their quest. These mountains are always in a delicate balance, these little microclimates that have evolved over millions of years.
There may be more lives at stake, more issues than can be seen from a bicycle as they go whizzing by. Families live here along the road they have just bought, and those families, made up of small, insignificant creatures, and by insignificant is they have not made a lot of money on the stock exchange. Frogs, for example. We have three kinds of frogs living here, spring peepers, Kermit and his kin, and some bullfrogs in various creeks and tributaries.
We have bobtail cats native here, opossums, muskrats, beavers, chipmunks, tortoises, bunnies, wild turkey, deer, hawks and hoot owls, plus rainbows of birds. This valley is a migratory route, so if they aren’t visible yet, be patient, they are on planet time. A migratory route is like a jigsaw puzzle: If you throw away the pieces out of the middle, it ruins it. If the water is befouled by oil or bug spray, defoliants, sunscreen, the fish downstream will die . And the folks who depend on fish to eat will die, too. All so you can ride your bicycle.
Humans are supposed to be smart. It says so in our name Homo Sapiens, smart earth people like us. So let’s sit around and think about this. We could avoid a lot of grief if we use what we already have and our brains.
Are we not a sovereign county? Can we not do what we want with the roads we have rather than ripping up nature so more people can enjoy nature?
Perhaps we could plan the use of the roads so weekends could be bicycles on Old Hendersonville Highway and channel commercial traffic down U.S. 64 during the week.
I know this will interfere with everybody’s right to ride, but perhaps we could civilize ourselves enough to include the right to life of our fellow little creatures.