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Re: Bill Bennet/Asian Exporters
Dwight writes off-list:
> I accept most all of your "bare root plants in th US" answers. I do find
> your choice of the suspected "Asian" source of parasites should the rock
> wool rule be dropped...unfortunate. I trust you were not suggesting that
> the rock wool rule is created & enforced to defend North American borders
> to mitigate the importation of plant-borne diseases from all parts of the
> world equally...with an Asian emphasis. The way you said it, suggests we
> don't have much to fear from European exporters its a few unscrupulus Asian
> exporters that are the problem.
> I remember the Angel fish problem. But I also remember mad cow (bone meal
> fert.), foot and mouth, the European med-fly and a host of other plant
> parasites from Europe which don't change our views about European growers
> in general. Nor did these incedents lead us to suggest the few less than
> scrupulus breeders/growers/exporters (not the vast majority) were European.
> My response is not ment to be ad hominem; its that your words can be
> misinterpreted :)
I accept your point that my phrasing can be seen as prejudicial. I apologize
publicly to you and all on the list. However, I still find that .... nah,
never mind. That example will just keep it going, and that's not what we are
about on this list.
> However, as for "William Bennet", your glowing assessment of the REAL WB
> is...classic! I haven't heard that faith in ANY politician (that the
> speaker doesn't know personally) in a loooog time! There are currently 1399
> list-lurkers as of 8/31/99 his address is obviously there. But a search
> using his E-MAIL turned up no hits. It likely means...nothing. Lets just
> say the Canadian lurkers' recent terrifying desriptions of "hydroponic
> plant light law hazzards of the innocent" tends to set off "Danger Wil
> Robinson" bells whenever I hear "William Bennet", "Aquatic Plants",
> "illegal" and "trade" in the same post.
I still stand my my assessment of Mr Bennett. He is, IMHO, not a politician,
but a public servant. Mr Purchase's tale of police terror tactics over the
blue lights in his window only re-enforce my appreciation for the 4th
amendment, and this great country many of us on this list have the privelege
to live in. Canada is a beautiful place, and I've had the privilege of
sailing (all-expenses-paid, including neat clothes and "tour guides", by the
US government) to every continent except South America and Antarctica.
Nevertheless I like it right here in the good old US of A. :-)