Snapper by Brian Kimberling reminds us to be respectful of wildlife

It’s always restorative to take time away from the ecological assaults and insults de jour and briefly escape to fiction.  I just finished Snapper, which was heartily recommended in a review in Orion magazine.  The author grew up in southern Indiana which provides the setting for the travails of amateur ornithologist Nathan Lochmueller.  One part tells of Nathan’s experience growing up with Fast Eddie, a local yahoo kid who delighted in tormenting wildlife, including a captured snapping turtle.  In this instance, careless Eddie let his hand get too close to the turtle, and his thumb was promptly severed.  It was a just result indeed. 

It is also an apt metaphor.  The turtle is a long-recognized and revered indigenous symbol of caretaker of the earth.  Perhaps we should be more careful how we treat our home and its inhabitants.

To the extent that the Corporation for Economic Development insists on willfully and arguably defiantly, pushing its demonstrably destructive plan to destroy the White River corridor, perhaps it should expect some negative consequences. Unfortunately, such consequences would likely only manifest in negative public image, but that can all-too-easily be mitigated via a well-funded campaign of PR and propaganda, and the CED likely has the budget for that.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently (April 24th) commented to the CED in a letter that its plan would “devastate 7 miles of riverine aquatic habitat”.  You’d think the CED would take the hint.  But if there are no real consequences for pushing on, why would it desist?  






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