Letters to the Editor
High, Low, It's All Gotta Go
THE LAW that J. Meacham ("Beware the Brainwashed," Posts, April 14) mentions is U.S. Title 50, Section 32. It was actually revised in 1997 and again in 2000 to allow, yes, allow for exceptions in conducting experiments on unwitting citizens. Exception in section B, subsection 1 allows aerial spraying and/or human experimentation for "Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity."
Additionally, I would like to reach out to Ms. Vaage's concerns about high atmosphere aerial spraying ("Stop Today's Spray," Posts, April 7) and to let her know that many individuals involved with the "Stop the Spray" movement are seriously concerned about the high atmosphere aerial spraying, e.g. plumes that planes spray and block out the sun.
I encourage Ms. Vaage, J. Meacham and all others to visit the websites www.LBAMspray.com and www.StopAerialSpraying.com and get involved with others that are working on low-level spraying and high-level spraying issues. By joining our efforts we can create a world that is safe for all us to live in. United We Stand!
IT SEEMS that my Bullhorn commentary on Israel ("Cut Israel a Break," Feb. 24) was picked up by American Nazi activists and was posted on stormfront.org. Many of their hostile comments were similar to those printed in this paper. I am not saying that those who criticized my article in the Weekly are Nazis. I find it interesting, however, that the views expressed in opposition to Israel in this paper are quite similar to those expressed by unabashed racists. Legitimate criticism of Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic, but I think when neo-Nazi websites echo the same sentiment of our local Israel critics, it's probably more than a coincidence.
Save the Species
THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL Panel for Climate Change warns that if we don't take strong action to address global warming soon, 20 to 30 percent of the world's plant and animal species will be at increased risk of extinction by 2050.
Fortunately, there is something that can be done. Last summer, the House of Representatives passed legislation to both reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are triggering climate change and take steps to safeguard natural resources and wildlife threatened by the changes in climate already set in motion. Now the Senate is moving on similar legislation recently introduced by Senators Boxer and Kerry.
However, reducing carbon emissions is not enough. Any comprehensive climate and energy legislation must dedicate 5 percent of the funding generated to safeguarding fish and wildlife and the natural resources on which we all rely. Our senators should know that their constituents expect nothing less.
Mrs. Elizabeth De Medeiros,
Rohnert ParkCorrections We made some mistakes in last week's article about graywater ("Clean Green Watering Machine," Cover story, April 14–21). The correct names of the organizations that Sherry Bryan is affiliated with are Ecology Action and the Central Coast Graywater Alliance. Also, the amount of water that a graywater system can save a family of four is 4,000 gallons during the entire irrigation season (May–October). We regret the errors.
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