The article in the paper mentioning retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré and his activities related to environmental issues raised a question in my mind. Let me first say that I have a lot of respect for the general and would in no way want this to sound like I am discrediting him. It is just the opposite; I respect his opinion.

It would be very interesting to hear his comments about the pollution the military has done to our state, especially in north Louisiana. The munitions plant there is in the process of cleaning up some of the mess, from what I have heard. I don’t have any information on potential contamination at other military facilities, but I suspect there could be due to the handling of oils, fuels and other chemicals over the years.

I presume he is including these military issues when he talks about protecting our air, water and people.

The biggest difference I see is that the military did it with taxpayer money, and it will take taxpayer money to clean it up.

Mickey Christensen

quality management consultant

Baton Rouge