For anyone who has read what happened in my apiary last year, it made me wonder if much of the TF community is perhaps sending the wrong message. This isn't a dig on any group or person, just a casual observation from a somewhat seasoned beek who is still learning. When some in the community throw around catch phrases that include wording like lazy beekeeping and letting them be, I think that's a huge mistake. Obviously, this doesn't entail what the entirety of the community is doing, and as I re-focus my own efforts this year, I'm getting back to what I was doing best, which was managing. I'm stressing management because I believe based on my own dreadful experience, proper management is the key to successful beekeeping practice, regardless of treating or not treating. In that regard, I think those that are treating as a whole are doing a better job in this department. It comes as a necessity as they are regularly doing hive inspection, to keep up with what's going on in the hives from a pest perspective while also managing from a swarm prevention/honey crop perspective. The point of this post is, how much failure is created by just not doing proper management on the TF side of things? Clearly there are so many factors that cause hive failure, but I believe that lack of management might be one of the primary reasons people who are trying to go TF fail. Careful observation, knowledge and management is the key to any success on a basic level. Maybe this is more of a PSA than anything, but I think we should give perhaps a bit more push back on the let 'em bee mentality.