Although opinions vary widely about the use of pesticides, we'd wager that everyone agrees that these toxins should be used as sparingly as possible.
People who dislike pesticides obviously want the use minimized.
But so do the farmers, ranchers and others who rely on pesticides to control insects, weeds and diseases that can harm their businesses. For them, pesticide sprayed where it's not needed amounts to a waste of money.
Which is why we endorse the idea, proposed by organic farmer Dick Haines, to create a countywide map showing properties whose owners don't want pesticides getting onto their land.
In making his pitch to county commissioners, Haines emphasized that he's not trying to prevent anyone from using pesticides.
His idea, rather, is to make it possible, by means of a computerized map, for people who do need to use pesticides to see which properties could be affected negatively.
Ideally, pesticide users would be able to tailor their spraying plan to reduce the potential effect on other properties, while still dealing with the pests.
Haines encourages people who'd like to have their property added to the map to phone him at 541-523-3554.