Imagine a situation where you awaken with an awful toothache. You are in excruciating pain. You phone the dentist and he works you into his schedule that afternoon. You eagerly anticipate getting relief from your torment. When you arrive, you are prepped for his examination, relief is moments away. Then he says wryly, “I can’t fix this tooth. You didn’t floss. In fact I doubt if you even have a comprehensive flossing program in place.” You plead with him, making a good case that you do floss and you use mouthwash too. And he says, “perhaps you do, but your neighbors do not, so no relief for you. Come back after you and your neighbors can prove that you have flossed for a few years, then, maybe, just maybe, I’ll fix your cavity.”
Is that a silly story? Of course it is; it is a parable of a post that was forwarded to me from a local forum.
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Sent: Tue, May 3, 2011 10:47 am
Subject: [Ayer] Questionable request for $ for weed control on Fletcher –
I’m curious why the town is being asked to spend $30,000 plus on weed control –
when the newly formed Fletchergan’s Pond Assn. has bypassed the Conservation
Has this group implemented best practices in their own backyard to control weed
1. Create a buffer zone with NO chemicals between their property & the pond.
2. Convert to 100% organic fertilizers and pull dandelions and other weeds by
hand? This means GIVING UP the emerald green weed-free Scotts Lawn appearance.
If the group is willing to make those common-sense environmental sacrifices AND
go through the normal channels of the ConsCom, they merit consideration for
funding by town meeting & the Selectmen.
This is the first in a series of posts poking fun critical and sometime hypocritical remarks I have heard over the months regarding our grassroots efforts to improve a wonderful asset to our community.
There is an appropriate time to discuss long-term health issues. If a person is trapped in a wrecked car, they need the jaws of life, not a sermon on wearing seat belts. When a person is in cardiac arrest, perhaps they need defibrillation, not a speech about a low-cholesterol diet. Please understand, I am not minimizing the need to have discussions regarding implementing environmentally friendly property management, flossing, seat belts or diet. But I am amazed that critics insist they know the source of the problem (which I do not necessarily agree) , so they insist withholding effective treatment until we can prove we have conformed to their theories.