- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Starlings are health hazard, need to be killed
To the editor:
The starling population has increased over the years until the birds have become a threat to human health. If you have ever seen where they have roosted at night, you understand why they can no longer be left unchecked. I have seen the sky black with starlings in flight.
Towns are a good source of food for starlings and provide cover for sleeping among the many shade trees. They also have no-shooting ordinances inside the city limits on their side.
Starlings should have been destroyed years ago before there were so many. I say thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to get rid of them. I hope the USDA will continue to follow up until starlings are no longer a health threat. I will gladly dispose of any starlings that fall on my property. I remember when starlings covered the yard to the point I was unable to put out bird feed for the redbirds, finches, blue jays and many other winter birds that bless our countryside.
I have read some negative comments on this matter and am writing to let it be known that I and many others want this program to continue until all the starlings are destroyed.
JUEL D. MAYFIELD