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Voice: Controlling people, not protecting plants, is feds' interest

April 17, 2001

Your article "Dune users denied chance to count endangered species," further demonstrates our government's desire to control public lands from said public. The idea that they wish to protect Pierson's milkvetch is only a sham. The plant is not listed in Edmund C. Jaeger's "Desert Wildflowers," published by Stanford University Press, or Philip A. Munz's "A Manual of California Botany," published by Claremont Colleges.

The main idea of the government is control. Control is what they have accomplished.

Had the preservation of the plant been the main objective, they would have set aside 10 or 15 acres that could be used to propagate the plant. The University of California is doing this with plants of value on a continual basis. They have the staff, equipment and facilities to do an excellent job as well as being able to evaluate the plants' potential.

However, the objective of the federal government is not to save the "milkvetch" but to control the citizens of Imperial County and the rest of our nation as well.

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Remember this the next time you vote. The solution is in the ballot box.

HARRY G. WHITMORE JR.

Brawley

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