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Snowboarding bad for Kerry’s image?

Allen Best

COLUMBUS, Ohio John Kerry is not getting the traction with the working class in Ohio that many people think he should. Instead, the state is edging toward Bush. It is, says one campaign consultant who has worked in Ohio for 30 years, a matter of presenting the wrong image, and that includes things like snowboarding.”I smell the same New England genius that I smelled in the Dukakis campaign in 1988,” Gerald Austin of Cleveland told The New York Times. “Kerry wants to run as a man of the people, and where do they put him for photo opportunities? Snowboarding in Sun Valley, shooting skeet in the Ohio Valley, and windsurfing off that great working-class vacation paradise, Nantucket. Democrats at least Ohio Democrats play softball and touch football.”Foreign flora stirs mountain townTELLURIDE – In Telluride and the San Miguel Valley, the invasion of exotic plant species is taken seriously. The front page of The Telluride Watch each week has an “invasive of the week,” featuring such plants as leafy spurge and musk thistle.Some of these invasives plants were brought to North American from Eurasia and are now crowding out the natives. The problem, say some scientists, is even more menacing than global warming.But one Telluride resident says too much already. Ilene Barth says a town employee informed her that neither the town nor the county was happy about the tansy – an invasive non-native plant – growing in her yard and that the plant should be removed.Well, said Barth, she is also non-native and the peaches she favors are non-natives. This drive to “erase the movement of the last several centuries toward diversity” has gone entirely too far, she says. Ecologists would generally say that Barth doesn’t understand what’s going on. Instead of creating greater diversity, the invasives are creating less diversity. Lacking the insects and diseases of Eurasia that control their spread, these invasives are choking out pre-existing North American vegetation.Vail, Colorado

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