Columnist fell down and bruised his logic
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Apparently Brian Jones has pulled one "weed" too many, just before writing his tirade on "Banishing bans" (May 25) and pesticides; he surely must have bopped his head on one of his garden tools.
He had to be seeing stars - or was his latest babble caused by his thorough dislike for that star environmentalist David Suzuki or just any environmentalist in general.
Jones decries that "too often," such people "hurt their cause by making outlandish claims." Yet he himself once declared in his weekly column, not too long ago, that no one could possibly travel outside of St. John's in our harsh Newfoundland winters without the use of an SUV. As the mathematicians say, that is a real "outlier" fact, or rather opinion. It is "also untrue."
However, math facts are the foundation of science, which Jones doesn't seem to know too much about, so he relies on Health Canada to help us feel secure in using pesticides.
Whose research was Health Canada checking when they approved the use of DDT decades ago and later had to ban DDT because of its toxic results?
To birds and animals, and anyone else who doesn't want to be used in chemical experiments, this issue is not about politics, but rather survival. It is my opinion that several years ago my own dog suffered the results of accidental pesticide poisoning.
However I was not surprised, since Dr. David Saltman, chair of oncology at Memorial University stated in this newspaper on June 16 of last year: "We are all at risk from the toxicity of pesticide use. Young children may be more vulnerable ..."
I guess it is safe to say that he, along with the doctors' and nurses' associations across the country, agree with the scientific facts on pesticides used by the David Suzuki Foundation.
For the record, no one is arguing against a green lawn, that's just a red herring in the pesticide, pollution problem.
As Brian Jones says, "I prefer the manual method of weeding ... it works better." So why would anyone want to throw away their money on inferior potentially poisonous products? I'm sure Coun. Sheilagh O'Leary wouldn't advise it.