A letter to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune succinctly explains the reason for the spurning:
Sir, Regarding the May 2 article "Utah reps vote against honoring naturalist," environmentalist opposition to DDT has never had any basis in science.
For half a century, DDT use has been proved safe to humans and deadly to mosquitoes. The use of DDT against malaria-carrying mosquitoes could prevent the infection of hundreds of millions of people every year and save millions of lives.
The fact that environmental activists have opposed - and still oppose - the use of DDT indicates that they have little, if any, concern for human life.
David Holcberg, Irvine, Calif.