Letters to the Editor

Controversial talk about some statues ‘bugs’ reader

To the Journal Editor:

At this time of controversy over the political appropriateness of certain statues, I thought it was a good time to switch to something less controversial and describe a large statue of a bug! It’s located in Enterprise, Alabama, and I was impressed and curious when I saw it.

The bug is the boll weevil. My son, who lived in the area, told me how this bug became so popular. In 1910, the cotton crop was destroyed by the boll weevil. The boll weevil is a beetle and, in the grub stage, eats the inside of the seed pods or bolls of the cotton plant and also eats the buds of the flowers of the cotton plant.

Though this damaged the cotton crops, the boll weevil was a blessing in disguise. By raising only cotton for many decades, the soil was depleted of its nutriets. Because of the damage done to the cotton bolls, many farmers were forced to raise other crops and use some of the land for raising chickens, hogs and cattle which did not ruin the soil.

Somehow, I don’t think this statue of a bug will be part of the current statue controversy.