Elmer Fudd’s Earth Day

Burning Bush

“burning bush” in Autumn

This year, on Earth Day, something has stripped the bark from the burning bushes of our homeowners’ association. It’s sad to see the butchered bark of these beautiful burning bushes.

It couldn’t have been rabbits! The bark isn’t only stripped near the ground. There are lots of rabbits here at Village Point, but rabbits aren’t like squirrels. They can’t climb two feet from the ground. But, like Elmer Fudd, some of us are a little slow on the uptake. “They didn’t have to climb,” said a friend. “We’ve had several feet of snow!”

Darn those wabbits!

So, here we are on Earth Day 2018 celebrating the natural web of life on which the rabbits, the burning bushes, and human beings depend. But I’m confused which to prefer: the bushes or the rabbits.

Elmer Fudd: Got you, you wabbit stew, you.
Bugs Bunny: Look, Doc. Are you looking for trouble? I’m not a stewing rabbit. I’m a fricasseeing rabbit.
Elmer Fudd: Fwicasseeing wabbit?
Bugs Bunny: Have you got a fricasseeing rabbit license?
Elmer Fudd: Well, no. I…
Bugs Bunny: Do you happen to know what the penalty is for shooting a fricasseeing rabbit without a fricasseeing rabbit license?

Burning Bush bark

“burning bush” stripped bark

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., EPA regulations are cast said as frivolous; big oil and coal are back; the Paris Climate Accord is trashed; the lakes, rivers, oceans and forests become part of Elmer Fudd’s stew pot on Earth Day. Everything is fair game for wabbit stew!

So, we are left to play the part of Bugs Bunny with Elmer Fudd, putting the question to Director of the E.P.A.Scott Pruitt and all climate change deniers:

“Do you happen to know what the penalty is for shooting a fricasseeing rabbit without a fricsaseeing rabbit license?”

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, April 22, 2018





12 thoughts on “Elmer Fudd’s Earth Day

  1. Good question — plants or animals? Nature is tough. BJ and I got caught giving apples to the deer in Valley Forge Park; in the course of the “conversation” with the park guard who ‘got us’, he assured us that there was enough food in the park for all the deer, an obvious tarradiddle. A few years later they had a “controlled hunt” during the season for five years running. Now we never see deer in the park, and though there is still beauty in the park, our rides through are nowhere near so much fun. It feels kind of dead without the deer and the fawns. So, I guess I root for the wabbit. But it’s a difficult choice; I love those burning bushes.


    • I remember fondly the Kidder-Stewart family Sunday afternoons at Valley Forge. Don’t remember apples or deer, but the natural setting was irenic, a strange word for the grounds of the Battle of Valley Forge when they weren’t bwasting wabbits!


  2. And yet I think MOST states are doing the best they can even without “the government.” California isn’t “taking back” their pollution laws — they fought too hard to get them. I don’t see a lot of communities begging for coal burning factories, either. Here’s hoping we get by!

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    • Marilyn, for the first time in my life I’m a states’ rights guy! Three cheers for California and every other state that continues the movement toward a greener way of life.

      I find myself humming Pete Seeger’s last song, “God’s counting on me; God’s counting on you. Hoping we’ll all pull through….”

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