To the editor:
We are racing ahead to land people on other planets and have now belief that Venus can support life. I did my Ph.D. studies in history and it is with concern that I read such reports. Remember, when Europeans arrived in the Americas they unknowingly released countless infectious diseases that native populations had no immunity to resist and millions died. If life exists on another planet it will include various microbes to which we have no resistance. Experience with a natural virus native to our planet and recent infestations of Asia insects killing Ash and Apple trees has proven a major problem right here in Columbia County. We should be aware what an alien disease will do to life on earth before we let enthusiasts go exposing us to probable but as yet unknown dangers.