John Ransom

Mac287 wrote: Mr. Ransom...have you ever read "The Lorax" by Dr.Seuss? Off topic? (eye roll) no, it is not...the ugly destruction of our beloved country has been in the hands of a two party (party?! bad choice of labels nothing "party-ish" about this group of self involved jerks)honey bees are vanishing, etc. and that's a joke to many folks(eye roll)...people are losing their homes...but hey! As long as the right party wins(which one IS the right party???)Where is the group of folks that care?- in response to As to Healing Planet Mr. President: Heel Thyself

Dear Comrade287,

I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Seuss. But The Lorax is the worst of all Dr. Seuss’ books. It’s political propaganda, that’s all.

As Mark Twain said, “Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.”

Seuss’ special kind of nonsense works best with the light touch, as in Horton Hears a Who. Your nonsense, comrade, on the other hand is incomprehensible.

Horton and the Grinch will live forever, while The Lorax will just be a curiosity piece of significance only to its age, just like an Awful, Terrible Medieval Romance.

As to honeybees disappearing, I have an unusual interest. My lab science at the University of Maryland was in beekeeping. I kept a hive, so I’m a little better informed on the issue than many others are.

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Most everything that I see tells me that bees are subject to either a natural disease or a parasite and that it’s causing the collapse. But researchers are making progress. Bees won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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