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Letters to the Editor: Herbicide/Pesticide spraying near our drinking water reservoir – OK…not OK….

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My name is Terry Waldron, part time resident of Newport, soon to be full time permanent resident and home owner.

I have great concern for the proposed backpack spraying that may be taking place above Newport Reservoir. My husband, long time resident Andrew Rodman passed away last year from cancer. I would like to know if any of you have had the unfortunate experience of watching someone die from cancer? I hope none of you ever have to experience that. Pesticide applications are compromising to the health of the ecosystem to which they are applied, and residents have a right to protect themselves from dangerous industrial forestry practices such as aerial and backpack herbicide spraying.

There is substantial evidence that long term exposure to even relatively low levels of herbicides can cause significant harm to farms, forests, water quality and inhabitants. As residents we have the right to transparency and to have our questions answered. I unfortunately cannot attend the May 7th city council meeting, but I would like to be a part of the negotiations.

To Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel: I would like access to the memorandum please and need to know where you are in negotiations? None of this has been apparent. You have my contact information and I would appreciate your response on this dire matter and how I may involve myself in a pivotal decision that will effect us all.

Sincerely,
Terry Waldron

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REBUTTAL

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about Herbicide/pesticide spraying of timber lands in Lincoln County. I read the latest letter to the editor today with the same disappointing conclusion that herbicide/pesticide use is harmful to the environment. (well it is, if you are a weed in a tree farm).

Case in point. A concerned citizen, Terry Waldron cites, “There is substantial evidence that long term exposure to even relatively low levels of herbicides can cause significant harm to farms, forests, water quality and inhabitants”.

This is very disconcerting, considering, that the rhetoric involved in the “negative” aspects of herbicide use are always touted, however, I have yet to see anyone cite any scientific evidence indicating this apparent “fact”.

To begin with, calling herbicides “pesticides” is intentionally misleading and throws up a red flag as to the intent of such accusations.

Secondly, there has been little, if any understanding of the biochemistry involved, when herbicides are used, by the people who claim to know of the manufactured horrors that ensue due to herbicide exposure. The entire campaign about banning aerial herbicide application was based of falsifications and outright lies. And the ignorant voters of Lincoln County were duped yet again. This tactic has been used for over five decades by folks who don’t want timber harvest. A good socialist will do anything in their power to curb capitalism. This is but one of the fronts they use to attempt to achieve their misguided goals.

So there you have it. It’s all about the Communist manifesto, and the use of Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. And the ignorant lap it up without considering facts and logic.

The next time you buy E10 fuel for your automobile, consider the enormous amount of herbicides used to produce corn for ethanol production. Not to mention the enormous use of water resources to produce such crops. (we got plenty of water, right?) All the while competing with food resources for humanity. If you don’t like herbicides, you better stop buying gasoline. And don’t get on the electric car bandwagon. The manufacture of one battery for a Prius, produces more pollutants than a Honda Civic produces over its useful lifetime. And then what are you going to do with that battery once the E car is worn out?

If this bothers you, just don’t think about it. Yeah, that’ll work!

Sincerely,
Steven A. Kupillas

 

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