The king is dead part two

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Yes, sadly, the king is dead. I don’t re­fer to “Elvis the Pelvis,” but rather to Mr. King aka the Cal­i­for­nia King Snake.

Mr. King was run over by a car, while try­ing to cross the street. This hap­pened on the very day my ar­ti­cle came out in the AV Press (June 16, 2017), ti­tled “A re­quest to leave harm­less snakes alone.”

In this ar­ti­cle, I said some­thing about stop­ping for snakes to cross the road.

Why didn’t you stop? Why did you run over Mr. King, a snake that pro­tected us against rats, mice and go­phers. He also pro­tects us against rat­tlesnakes.

Yes, I said rat­tlesnakes. Yes, you killed our friend pro­tec­tor. We need to re­spect all snakes. Yes, even the rat­tlesnake. Yes, all snakes play their part on the stage of life — na­ture.

Yes, let us re­spect all snakes. Just think what the world would be like with­out snakes.

We couldn’t take a step with­out step­ping on rats and mice.

Yes, be thank­ful for our friends who crawl across the land.

Yes, snakes have a part to play in na­ture. I say, you don’t have to love them, but do re­spect them.

Yes, snakes ben­e­fit mankind.

Dou­glas Valpey Palmdale

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