To The Editor:
While I appreciate the position/predicament of local landscapers/nurseries concerning the sale of invasive species of plants, the plea that many might not have known about the proposed ordinance governing sale of them rings hollow.
The proposal has had good coverage in the media, and, if put into place, would impact their income mightily.
However, the threat to woodlands, roadsides, and streams from these plants will be catastrophic, if not checked. We are already fighting a David vs. Goliath battle, although most of the public hasn't caught on to the fact that winter creeper, Asian honeysuckle, etc., the kudzu of the North, are winning.
The Knox County Commissioners must act quickly and adopt strong regulation of the sale of these terrible plants, or there won't be a park in Knox County with woods. We have a champion in Will Drews and the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area volunteers. Let's be grateful to them and aid them in this struggle.
I am a fiscal and social Conservative, but not on this issue; there is no denying the dire results of ignoring the peril of being cautious.