poisoning our wetlands
State. Rep Alex Atwood
State. Rep Alex Atwood

Dear Alex Atwood,

The problem with the Cons (conservative, contrary, confused, conflicted, concerned, convoluted; take your pick) is that they are negative — against not just change, but most everything else. So, since the world is in a state of constant change, they are “out of step,” so to speak and that makes them both ineffective and angry. It is a mistake to think the Cons we install in public office will accomplish anything positive. But the voters, who elect them, are to be excused. The voters do not deserve the government they get, as many a callous Democrat might argue, because, just like Adam and Eve, the voters have been deceive.

Have the voters of Glynn County been deceived by Alex Atwood? Is he going to stand idle while our marshes and our wetlands, the nurseries of our fish and shell-fish and even the birds in the air, are poisoned by the chemicals every storm event flushes off the highways, parking lots and residential yards? Why, after so much effort to make industrial producers clean up their acts and stop dumping wastes into fresh and salt water bodies, would we countenance their deadly products being dispersed by landscrapers (sic)?

While the Golden Isles won’t be attractive when the marshes turn into mud flats and the oaks and cedars and cypress die off, looks (appearances) are not decisive. Already our fish are not fit to eat, but occasionally. Our beach waters are not fit to swim in. Our ponds and lakes and ditches with standing water are mosquito breeders because there are no fish or shrimp to eat the larvae. The dolphins are laced with PCBs and whole pods of whales turn up sickly. Even the hunters, who shoot to kill from a distance, are not immune since their lead bullets contaminate the carcass. But, when we say we want an “environment that’s good to eat,” we’re not just concerned about humans. The whole food chain is involved. We’re being poisoned from the bottom up.

You want to spend less on health care? Stop letting man-made poisons contaminate land, sea and air. How can it be stopped? It turns out that what man hath put together, the bacteria in the soil, can actually take apart. Molecule by molecule chemicals can be reduced to their constituent parts, given enough time and storm water doesn’t flush them out. That’s what naturally vegetated buffers along and around water bodies are for.

Did you know that cattails can’t be land-filled because they filter out and store so much lead (deposited by car batteries and exhaust on our roads), they’d have to be classified as hazardous waste? Think of the minerals oysters and clams return to the earth when they make their shells. Why are we content to kill them off?

Marsh preservation isn’t about appearance; it’s about function. It is unfortunate that people relying on superficial optics can’t see that. Function is invisible. Think about it the next time you hit a function key on your computer. Don’t feed the poisoners.

Image: State. Rep Alex Atwood via his Facebook page.

Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."