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A sawdust pile at the base of this pine tree betrays the presence of active boring insects. In this case it's carpenter ants. Keith Corliss

Lowly ants play important natural role

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Motel maids are not usually considered integral to the success or failure of an economy. Likewise perhaps, the garbage worker, the septic tank emptier, and the busboy could be similarly lumped. Yet without the service these and other somewhat undesirable jobs provide, our entire system begins to strain and eventually break. In essence, then, they are a vitally important piece of this humming, throbbing, pulsing system of ours known as free market capitalism.

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