Emory Ford: Ward 7 not well served by Tacy
To the editor:
On a recent night I attended the City Council candidate debate for Ward 7 in Leeds. Councilor Tacy confidently assured the attendees that the use of Roundup at the newly constructed athletic fields in Florence posed no threat or potential danger to people or the environment. Tacy asserted, “I look at Roundup as pretty damn near inert.” Roundup is an active, potent, effective herbicide and is not used because it is inert. It is used because it is a powerful agent with the capacity to kill plants.
As a chemist with a graduate degree, I question both the councilor’s technical judgment on Roundup and his confidence in that judgment. The potential for unintended negative consequences in the application of or misapplication of Roundup has been well documented.
While exhibition of an air of confidence can be an asset, unwarranted confidence in a judgment about a technical matter for which one has a limited skill set can lead to serious errors in decision-making as a city councilor.
The Northampton City Council will be facing some critical decisions. The citizens of Ward 7 will not be well served by a councilor who is confident but who is not careful and knowledgeable in the details of a complicated issue.