Weeds become a growing concern

Wet weather a boon to desirable plants, but also to the noxious ones

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The problem with so-called “weed control” begins with trying to define the word “weed”. C.R.S. 35-3.5-101 et seq. establishes Colorado as a so-called “Right to Farm” State, which would seem to logically infer that every person has the constitutional right to grow whatever type of plant/s he wants to on his own property, so long as the public health and safety are not threatened.
As an aside, for those interested, I highly recommend the book titled “Weeds of the West” (ISBN: 0-941570-13-4) which is full of wonderful color photographs of hundreds of different weeds found in Mesa County.
I really despise the type of people (many of them double-dipping unsustainable government retirees) with immaculately “tidy” rock “yards” who actually expect everybody else to share their narrow and uninformed control-freakish personal emotional vision of what a community should look like. In a free society, A has no constitutional right to have B’s property look the way A wants it to.
Exactly who gets to decide which plants should be grown or prohibited? Are we all going to engage in stupid-human manipulation contests (aka “politics”) to see who gets to use government power to force his personal horticultural tastes on everybody else? Really? That disordered level of arrogance, short-sightedness and gracelessness is unacceptable — and unconstitutional.
As for Kochia, chickens, guineas and Gambel’s quail, among others, love the tender young shoots. Originally from Asia, it has been cultivated in some parts of the world as an ornamental. Just as one man’s trash is another mans treasure, so can one man’s “weed” be another man’s ornamental. I have to admire the plant for it’s amazing tenacity and will to live every time I see little plantlings determinedly trying to make a living in the cracks on a paved road.
To any real estate whiners who think that “weeds” diminish the monetary “values” on the properties they are trying to sell, I say: get a life. You don’t have a constitutional right to force me to grow whatever your favorite plants are. You obviously don’t understand the honest-money issue anyway.
As a person who leans libertarian and is fascinated by the subjects of aquaponics and permaculture, I would abolish the weed-control agencies as constituting unproductive “make-work” jobs and a waste of taxpayer money. Any weeds which dangerously impaired vision at an intersection could be easily and quickly recognized and cut down by city and county road crews.

A couple of additional points.
I am philosophically opposed to “citizen surveys” by Big Brother One-Ring government. I am also opposed to spending taxpayer money on “gubmint” advertising (e.g. billboards, print media, etc) for its “services.” Elections are the constitutionally valid method of “surveying” the opinions of a free non-Nanny-State citizenry.
The types of people who “are worried about the seeds spreading to their property” are most likely the same type of control-freakish nanny staters who don’t understand that CO2 is PLANT FOOD, that the planet is currently a bit low on CO2 — plants would benefit from a 300% increase, and greenhouse operators buy it for their plants — compared to past eras, that the Earth is actually cooling a bit currently, and that Earth’s weather (“climate” is merely a wannabe-clever marketing slogan) does nothing other than “change”. They also don’t understand that the reason we don’t see pools of concentrated sulfuric acid lying around is because chemical elements and compounds tend to naturally seek their most stable forms. That means the Earth and her attendant forces of Nature — which are immense and omnipotent compared to us puny human passengers — constitute a self-healing and self-cleansing system. The Earth will be here (and doing just fine) long after we humans are gone.
So there is no need for all the fear mongering designed to increase taxes for the financial benefit of an elite few in ways sneaky enough that most culturally dumbed down people can’t see through it.
As for Susan Carter’s statement, “We don’t want money. We want compliance.” To me at least, that sounds a little too much like a certain WW2 German dictator with a weird little mustache saying, “ve haff our vays of making you obey!” I have a better suggestion: how about ignoring self-absorbed and intellectually uncurious “weed” whiners and requiring government and its employees to comply with the U.S. and Colorado constitutions instead?
Surely humankind has much more pressing problems (e.g. wars, famine, disease, currency collapses, injustice, ad infinitum) to solve than trying to decide which of the countless Creator-made plant species any given manipulative “political” majority, at any given point in history, may want to call “noxious weeds”. Maybe one of those “noxious weeds” contains the cure to cancer. Maybe another one contains the secret to longevity. Grow up. And “lighten up” a little while you’re at it.

Bravo John Wilkenson. Bottom line… “what is a weed but a plant out of place”.

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