Recently local politics has again intruded into my life.
The subject this time?
|A mosquito on a Tall Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala) plant|
In November, the Mt. Pleasant City Commission hosted a public meeting to decide whether to enter into a contract for mosquito control in 2016. I was asked by a concerned citizen to attend the meeting and discuss the environmental impact of mosquito spraying. I did some research before the meeting and ended up addressing the commission during the public comment session. Despite my concerns and the stated concerns of several city residents, the commission decided in a 4-3 vote to pursue a mosquito control contract for the upcoming year.
Now, a new city commission has been sworn in and the new commission wants to revisit the subject. Since this was announced, I have been called by a representative of the mosquito control company that was awarded the city contract, asked to attend a meeting with the new mayor of Mt. Pleasant to discuss the situation, and visited at the office by members of the public. I have also been quoted (and misquoted) in the newspaper several times.
I do not oppose mosquito control measures in all situations. I just do not think that spraying for mosquitoes in Mt. Pleasant is currently warranted. I also believe that the environmental impacts of mosquito control currently outweigh the benefits in Mt. Pleasant. If situations change, I could change my mind. That is the beauty of using science to make informed decisions. I can change my opinion based on new evidence. I want our local elected officials to use that kind of reasoning.
If you are a Mt. Pleasant resident, please let your city commissioner know how you feel about this issue.