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It pains me to think Augur Lake’s milfoil problems may have been the result of some catch-addict bass fisherman who put milfoil in Augur Lake just so he could pull out a bass a minute. To help those of us who suffer from boater imported invasive species, I would suggest that a $10 Invasive Species fee be added to each pro fishermen’s tournament entrance fee in NY waters. With entrance fees in the thousands of dollars, $10 won’t be noticed. Send that money to the Town of Chesterfield: Aquatic Nuisance Plant District, 1 Vine St. Keeseville, NY 12944.

Of course Hammonds’ entire premise is that the only purpose of a lake is to raise bass, a “False premise, and the only reason to fish is to catch bass: truly an addict’s delusion.

Years ago an Augur resident trolled by my dock. He was out nearly every evening. One evening as he passed by I asked him if he had caught anything.

He said: "No, But it doesn’t matter.” A true fisherman, out enjoying the most beautiful place in the world. Well it would be if there were no milfoil mats.

Gordon Howard, Keeseville

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