The American Mosquito Control Association held their 31st annual conference on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Blue Water Convention Center. More than 100 people attended the event, including 20 speakers. The speeches covered a variety of topics revolving around the control of the mosquito population.
Mosquitoes can be a huge risk to human health. According to their website, the AMCA’s purpose is to enhance public health through the suppression of mosquitos. The AMCA intends to improve our quality of life by formulating and enacting methods to eliminate these troublesome insects; this was also the purpose of the annual conference in Port Huron.
The AMCA is a non-profit organization founded in New Jersey in 1935, said AMCA North Central Director Mark Breidenbaugh at the conference. As Breidenbaugh stated, there are more than 1300 members of the AMCA worldwide, some of whom are scientists, students and employers/employees involved in mosquito control businesses.
Breidenbaugh said the AMCA is the leader in promoting the highest standards of professional mosquito control. They provide information and testimony to the government in order to impact policy decisions regarding mosquito-borne disease.
Dave Webb, a professor of biology at SC4, attends the conference each year. “The goal of mosquito control organizations is to protect human health by controlling mosquito populations,” Webb said. “Mosquitoes can be a serious nuisance, but more importantly, they transmit many disease-causing organisms. Malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, Dengue fever and many others are transmitted by mosquitoes.”
Any average person can easily help to control mosquito populations; one does not need to be an entomologist to do so. The AMCA suggests various simple steps that people everywhere can take to help limit mosquito populations and disease.
Because mosquitoes are notorious for breeding in stagnant water, it is important to watch out for areas where water can collect, and prevent water from collecting in those places. Bird baths, old tires, buckets, unused plant pots and more are areas where mosquitoes can happily breed and thrive, so those items should be disposed of.
Larger areas that collect water (for instance, ditches) might be a community issue, although many of the smaller areas where water gathers can be eliminated by the layman.
Unbeknownst to the homeowner, some water could be contained and trapped in less obvious areas, such as in the plastic tarps that cover pools or boats, so those locations should be checked and emptied accordingly.
More information about the American Mosquito Control Association, including ways to contact them and many alternative methods to impede the breeding of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, can be sought at www.mosquito.org.
After perhaps the most controversial election in U.S. history, businessman Donald John Trump has officially been sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States. In his inaugural address, Trump declared that no man or woman shall any longer be forgotten, and the power has returned to the people at last.
Trump said, “January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.” However, Trump’s inauguration has been met with much backlash from the American people. Recently, people have been converging all over the country to object to Donald Trump becoming the president, even on SC4’s very own campus.
In Port Huron, an activist group, the Michigan People’s Defense Network, organized a gathering on Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20. Those wishing to express disapproval for Trump were asked to assemble at the corners of Erie and McMorran, although the group claims the reasons behind the protest are not strictly about Trump.
The Michigan People’s Defense Network stated that they are a part of the Workers World Party, a socialist organization founded in the late 1950s to fight racism and fascism and intended to stand up for the rights of all people worldwide, especially those under racist or fascist attack. The intention of the protest was not to just speak out about Trump’s presidency itself, but the types of ideas that following Trump encourages.
The group claims that while Trump is unfit to be President, it is the types of people he rallies underneath him and the beliefs those people hold that are more worrisome.
The Michigan People’s Defense Network argues that the ideas Trump holds have emboldened fascist and racist ideas, and because of this Trump has garnered legitimate Nazi and KKK support. The group said it is important to unite in opposition to such ideologies and that such hateful behavior will not be tolerated.
When asked why they decided to organize a protest in Port Huron, the group replied that Port Huron voted overwhelmingly in favor of Trump, and so it is important to combat and stand against the racist and fascist types who support Trump. Michigan is leading in hate crime as it is, and so they feel Michigan is one of the places that needs to hear their criticism the most.
Local political activist Alexander Smedley attended the protest. Smedley said that Trump was a byproduct of capitalism and the embodiment of fascism in the United States.
Another protester and SC4 student, Chelsey Kielbas, said that protests are one of the only ways for a citizen to get his or her voice out. Making a statement was both protesters’ main reason for attending. Smedley ended by saying, “Fascism is the absolute enemy of all working people.”
The Michigan People’s Defense Network values the solidarity and equality of all people, but they feel uniting alone is not enough.
With enough organization and effort, the group hopes to completely eradicate sexism, fascism and racism together with anti-migrant, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic attacks.
A member of the Michigan People’s Defense Network calling himself Mond helped organize the event and is also a student at SC4. Mond said, “Capitalism is at a dead end; a revolutionary resistance is necessary. We stand for the liberation of oppressed people worldwide.”