To the editor:
How many people complain about the condition of Minnesota roads? With the winter snow comes salt trucks which cause damage to roads and cars. It is arguably necessary but did you ever wonder about the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by our state and county for chemicals that are applied to ditches to "control weed problems."
I have been told by officials it is necessary and will concede that some spot spraying is OK, however we have seen blanket spraying for miles and miles which is a practice the state says they hardly ever use. Tax dollars spent on the chemicals could be put to better use on the actual ROAD instead of what grows next to it. Most people might not even realize it is happening but we have trucks out on the road everyday and put on hundreds of miles 50 to 150 miles in every direction of home and see it. Not only is it a waste of money but it also contaminates water, kills birds, kills native plants which insects and pollinators and wildlife depend on. Long term studies show a risk of cancer.
It doesnt seem like such a necessary practice with the issues it creates.