Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 23, 2012

Bees, humans may not mix


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---- — Unless Traverse City planners are very cautious about a proposal to allow beekeeping within the city limits, this could easily fall into the classic "it seemed like a good idea at the time" category. Which usually means it was a bad idea that somehow got traction.

While most of us know little or nothing about the upside of keeping hives in an urban area, we all know that bees can pretty much go where they want and sting whom they please.

It may well be that people trained in keeping bees know how to handle them and that a little common sense can prevent bad human/bee interactions; but it's also true that bees do sting and there are people — including kids — for whom a bee sting can be fatal.

The question then becomes "Why take the risk?"

There has to be a very, very good answer to that question to go forward.