I was dismayed to see a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations about me in Mark Mann’s article about Lake Winnipeg (“The Dead Zone,” July/august).
Mann’s interview with me occurred two years ago. For some fanciful reason, he indicated in his article that I “left [my] post” because of “frustration”: this statement is completely untrue. I retired (one year after the interview) because I was far past the normal age of retirement, and I could no longer keep up with the physical demands of the job. I have been portrayed as the “saddest” and “angriest” scientist, when in truth I have had a particularly long and satisfying career, and have contributed much to science and to my community. In fact, I have received many communityservice and environmental awards. Mann sensationalized and distorted negative statements attributed to me, some of which were shockingly inaccurate, while ignoring the positive statements I also made. All in all, the article was biased, divisive, and not conducive to constructive discourse. Are we not all working on the same side? I am deeply disappointed.