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The publication of the two letters regarding my February column illustrated perfectly one of the points it made: Speak against the invasive-plant movement and you get a public verbal smackdown—the sole purpose of which is to eliminate debate by suppressing speech. And, instead of presenting a valid case for their contentions, the signers of the first letter chose to attack...
I’ve been a fan of Marlene Condon for years. I admire her unrestrained love of nature and boldness in being unafraid to challenge heterodoxy. Her latest column with its plea on behalf of rats is the pure Marie Condon I love and that readers of the Crozet Gazette are fortunate to have. I have been following with interest the ongoing...
In the March issue Susan Roth and William Hamersky responded to Marlene Condon’s article “Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants,” in which Ms. Condon reported that more and more ecologists are taking a more nuanced approach to native and nonnative plants. Ms. Condon is correct. In the 1980s and ’90s ecologists defined invading species as any nonnative species that was...
I have a couple of things to say in response to Atieno Bird’s letter in the last Gazette. Bird listed a lot of reasons the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be bad for citizens of Virginia and West Virginia. But a question comes up on the part about it being unnecessary. Why would this company spend billions building a pipeline...
It is difficult to know where to begin a response to Marlene Condon’s article titled “Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants” in the February 2019 Crozet Gazette. Her bias and manipulative language displays itself in every paragraph as she portrays “plant nativists” and invasion biologists as extremists with an evil agenda that will cost you, the taxpayer, millions of...
I want to alert you to a threat faced by our neighbors south of us in Buckingham County that will affect our children, too, and ask you to write to Governor Northam, who has been siding against us.  You might think of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as a necessary and safe way to transport gas. Perhaps other forms of energy...
In response to Marlene Condon’s article “Blue Ridge Naturalist: Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants” in the Crozet Gazette of February 2019: Non-native invasive plants are a limited group of non-native plants that have been singled out because of special, ecologically harmful properties. They typically seed heavily, spread rapidly, displace native plants, have relatively limited value for native insects and...

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To the Editor: Condon Responds

The publication of the two letters regarding my February column illustrated perfectly one of the points it made: Speak against the invasive-plant movement and...

To the Editor: From a Condon Fan

I’ve been a fan of Marlene Condon for years. I admire her unrestrained love of nature and boldness in being unafraid to challenge heterodoxy....

To the Editor: On Marlene Condon

In the March issue Susan Roth and William Hamersky responded to Marlene Condon’s article “Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants,” in which Ms. Condon...

To the Editor: Dominion’s Pipeline

I have a couple of things to say in response to Atieno Bird’s letter in the last Gazette. Bird listed a lot of reasons...

To the Editor: The Blue Ridge Naturalist—NOT!

It is difficult to know where to begin a response to Marlene Condon’s article titled “Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants” in the February...

To the Editor: Tell Northam, Stop the Pipeline

I want to alert you to a threat faced by our neighbors south of us in Buckingham County that will affect our children, too,...

To the Editor: Contra Condon

In response to Marlene Condon’s article “Blue Ridge Naturalist: Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants” in the Crozet Gazette of February 2019: Non-native invasive plants...