Reader glad Butler stood her ground on milkweed
Thank you, Jennifer, for standing your ground in spite of what sounds like quite a bit of pressure. I share your concern about the monarch butterflies.
We have all heard the news that monarch butterfly populations in the world are dropping to critically low numbers. These are the magnificent butterflies of our childhood wonder, and I hope adult awe. They migrate thousands of miles, and can only reproduce on milkweed.
Neenah is out of step with international efforts to save this fragile species. If the state of Wisconsin encourages planting milkweed for butterfly gardens, I say let's do it and make Neenah a destination place for these lovely creatures.
My hat is off to you Jennifer Butler.
W. Marijke van Roojen
State does not classify milkweed as a 'noxious' plant
I was dismayed to read the article about the City of Neenah code enforcement officers ordering Jennifer Butler to cut down the milkweed in her yard.
The State of Wisconsin does not classify milkweed as a "noxious weed" and encourages its planting because it is the sole food source for monarch butterflies.
Monarch populations are down 60 percent from normal levels: last year the monarch population was at its lowest level ever recorded. This is thought to be due in large part to the falling availability of milkweed for the butterflies because of widespread use of farming pesticides that kill the milkweed.
We, and others, plan to plant more milkweed in our gardens next year as well.
Ms. Butler may not be able to save the monarch butterfly single-handedly, but she certainly does not deserve to be persecuted by the city. The city should be encouraging forward-thinking people like Ms. Butler, not threatening and fining them.
C. Danae Steele
Resident disagrees with Kast about Bernard Schafer
In response to Anne Kast.
Perhaps Ms. Kast should get her facts straight before commenting and people wouldn't know how little she knows.
Penny Bernard Schafer is serving her third (that's three) terms as representative. She has been my representative for all of that time as she used to live in Appleton.
I was so happy when redistricting gave her back to me. She was and is a great representative.
Never feels the need to shout and curse at anyone. Has never broken a gavel that I know of and always has the time to listen and answer questions.
I will sorely miss having her represent me in the assembly, but will really welcome her as my state senator.