Thad Thompson: Beware the ‘pretty-plant propagandists’
To the Editor:
They’re everywhere this summer. They’re invasive and noxious, harmful to animals, people, birds and plants. They aggressively pick an area and spread their roots so quickly you barely realize it’s happening. They crowd out the others. And they must be removed for the good of the public.
You know what I’m talking about. Pesticides.
They’re doused upon our land by pesticide gun-slingers. Poison profiteers. Pretty-plant propagandists. The daisy-zapping zombies who chant, “This flower is noxious. That flower is invasive. This daisy will get into your home in the middle of the night and steal your first-born! We must poison, poison, POISON!”
They march to the drum beat of pesticide proliferation, taking orders from a small panel of mostly non-scientists called a Weed Advisory Board formed at the state level in 2003. These 15 people decide what’s a weed by taking a vote. They gather their funds from the state coffers, drawing on our tax dollars. Then they use our money, not to plant more trees and create forest diversity, but to produce a master race of acceptable plants. And they use noxious pesticides to do it.
Add these massive amounts herbicidal poisons to the tons of insecticidal poisons blanketing our county for the well-intentioned but failed attempt at beetle-eradication, and this is just too much.
So, watch out for the poison spray-guns. You bought ’em. But no one asked you if you wanted ’em.
To slow the noxious proliferation of poisonous pesticides, you can volunteer to pull weeds (daisies and thistles), starting in your own front yard, closest to the road where the town or county sprays.
Contact the daisy-zapping zombies by calling our local DNR numbers at 970-887-0741 or 970-531-2383. Let them know you don’t need their poison in your yard; you pulled the dangerous, dastardly daisies yourself.
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