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Re: E-M:/ RE: / Loosestrife

The last two posts to Enviro mich regarding asbestos in Lake Michigan and loosestrife in wetlands seems to relate directly to the recent posts about big business being better then big government, etc. etc.  How?  Well, correct me if I am wrong but didn't the asbestos industry know early on (in the 30s) that exposure to asbestos caused mesothelioma - cancer of the lining of the lung or pleura?   And correct me if I am wrong but didn't the DNRs of the upper midwest first introduce purple loosestrife into wetlands to give tourists something to look at? 
So, take your pick, big government (controlled by corporations) or big corporations (subsidized by government), they don't look all that different from this end. 
David J. Zaber
----- Original Message -----
From: Harris, Craig
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net ; 'kbrown@wnol.net'
Sent: Monday, July 26, 1999 7:13 AM
Subject: E-M:/ RE: / Loosestrife

Enviro-Mich message from "Harris, Craig" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu>

can you say more about why you don't think the answer is in importing alien
bugs to eat the plants . . . that would seem to offer a more enduring
solution than the decapitation/roundup approach

craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan state university
429b berkey hall
east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
tel:  517-355-5048
fax:  517-432-2856

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> From: kbrown@wnol.net[SMTP:kbrown@wnol.net]
> Reply To: kbrown@wnol.net
> Sent: Monday 26 July 1999 11:04 AM
> To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject: E-M:/ Loosestrife
> I grew up visually impaired.  I saw the world thru Monet eyes; soft blurry
> colors of summer included chickory blue, yellows, white of Queen Ann's
> Lace and the beautiful maroon of poison sumac.  As an adult after eye
> surgery the world is in clear focus.  Every where I look I see a bright
> luminous fuchia.  This is not a Michigan color.  Reading about
> loosestrife, knowing the damage it has caused across the state in the last
> 5 years, I am appalled at it's appearance in Humbug Marsh this summer.  I
> am angry that this last coastal marsh is not only threatened by
> developers, under constant stress from the dirty factories which surround
> it, but now must at last die by loosestrife.  It occurred to me that I
> have not lost my hands, my legs are strong, I can read a label and the
> input I would like from EM is this.  Can anyone give me 3 reasons to not
> walk the conservation easement, clip the head off this lovely but invasive
> plant (placing same in canvas bag for removal) and inserting the living
> plant stem into a bottle of RoundUp.  Here are the givens: long sleeves,
> long pants, gloves, no spraying as offenders are snuggled in with
> cattails.  Comments are welcome but I am not going to wait long.  Comment
> period ends Thurs.  I can't wait for the government (state or fed) to do
> something, they can't and won't.  I don't think the answer is in importing
> alien bugs to eat the plants either.  I think I can destroy 300 plants now
> but will have a little problem getting ahead of 30,000 next year.
> Comments welcome. Kathleen

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