Obviously, Bruce Bower hasn’t tried
to teach tourists how to dance. “A
man oblivious to music’s tempo” (SN:
a problem (to me). In fact, I never
thought I had a problem!
Don Wilfong, San Ramon, Calif.
different times, any insect pollinator in
the area will have a short, troubled life.
3/26/11, p. 9), though not common, is When my wife shared your article with
not rare. In the last 35-plus years I’ve her fellow music teachers, it drew peals
shown more than 10,000 visitors to of laughter. One by one they responded
New Orleans how to do the Cajun two- with, “They don’t know Jonathan,”
step or waltz, and perhaps 1 to 2 per- “They’ve never met Heather,” et cetera.
cent exhibit “beat deafness.” In spite of While thankful that true “beat deaf-the music’s strong beat, I have run into ness” is not common, each has dealt
one or two a month who are not blessed with this with one or more students.
with even the slightest sense of rhythm. Jim Hogan, El Sobrante, Calif.
Alternative pollinators can, and
should, be found to honeybees. More
important, new methods of agriculture
that provide a variety of food sources
for pollinators must be developed, or
we are all in a lot of trouble.
Karen E. Bean, Maple Falls, Wash.
Bean is a beekeeper at Brookfield Farm
Bees & Honey Inc.
I do refrain, however, from asking them
to be included in a neurological study. The next pollinators
Ben Rauch, Chatawa, Miss. I read “Backup bees” (SN: 4/9/11, p.
Regarding “A man oblivious to music’s
tempo”: I have never been able to
dance or skate to the music. My partners would say, “Move with the beat,”
and “You’re not keeping time.” I would
ask them to explain what they meant
by “the beat” and never got a decent
answer. The condition has never been
18) with great enjoyment. The article
mentioned planting alternative forage for blue orchard bees near almond
orchards. This is good. However, most
industrial farms practice extensive
monoculture (miles of the same crop),
where there is no alternate forage for
any pollinator, native or nonnative.
Without a variety of food blooming at
Excellent point. The smaller farms
benefiting from wild pollinators that I
mentioned had good bee habitat nearby.
And without thoughtful farming, domesticating new pollinators could mean
nothing more than exposing more species
to the disease risks, pesticide exposures
and habitat problems that honeybees
often face now. — Susan Milius
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