Letters to the Editor (06/13/2012)

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Thanks for keeping wild flowers wild
Editor:
This is a letter in praise of Socorro County or the state decision makers who allow U.S. 60 between Magdalena and Socorro to look so rich.
I have lived in too many places where the “cult of the lawn” has ruined beautiful stretches of wildflowers in an effort to spend tax dollars on eradicating plant diversity.
Sixty years ago, I spent time in a less developed part of northern Ontario, where prairies bloomed along roadsides. As a youth, I baled wild hay along those roads. The intervening years have seen roadsides all over North America lose their plant diversity to spraying and mowing.
I have read of native plants being successfully replaced along roads in Ohio and Illinois to allow an abandonment of expensive maintenance along roads.
The glorious beauty between the fence and road in the straight stretches west of Sedillo Hill should be seen by everyone as part of our heritage. Thanks to the road departments who know enough to keep their hands off.
John Wilson
Magdalena