Archives: 2004 April

DDT – Political Football, not Panacea

April 30th, 2004, Comments Off on DDT – Political Football, not Panacea

To the Editor, Ms. Wente raises a point often raised by economists and business journalists who rely upon market research for their information on toxic chemicals. The data surrounding the “approvals” for marketing pesticides and many common chemicals must qualify for that limited definition. Such research is purely proprietary in nature, unbalanced by release of […]

Bush, Cheney Prepare for 9/11 Questioning

April 29th, 2004, Comments Off on Bush, Cheney Prepare for 9/11 Questioning

To the Editor, Can someone clarify this issue for me, a mere college graduate with an advanced degree? A congressional investigation is underway in which two key participants will only appear in tandem while neither is placed under oath. Furthermore, no transcripts or recordings will be made. Does this really reflect the level of concern […]

Robert Martin, EPA Whistleblower

April 29th, 2004, Comments Off on Robert Martin, EPA Whistleblower

To the Editor, Mr. Martin speaks for all of us who have been environmentally injured through the absence of regulation or enforcement of environmental protections. I lived in New York during the September 11 tragedy and saw/breathed in the black cloud that travelled over Long Island a couple of days later. I knew that the […]

Precautions urged to protect children of farm workers from pesticides

April 27th, 2004, Comments Off on Precautions urged to protect children of farm workers from pesticides

To the Editor, Thank you for pointing out the inability of rural populations to avoid absorption of toxic pesticides used in nearby fields. However, the article noted these compounds were found “…in the bodies of 92 percent of the workers tested and in 88 percent of the children tested.”, a statistic which does not vary […]

Washington Post – You are missing the point!

April 26th, 2004, Comments Off on Washington Post – You are missing the point!

To the Editor, Your paper completely misses the boat regarding the proper use of valuable genetic information. It’s major value is in understanding the risks we take by living in a land where environmental pollution goes unchecked and where consumers use products incorporating many toxic ingredients Such exposures are the triggering events which activate genetic […]

Scientific vs. Market Research

April 20th, 2004, Comments Off on Scientific vs. Market Research

To the Editor: The list of potential purchases in the American marketplace, along with potential dangers accompanying their use, are limitless because the very nature of research has been altered. Objective inquiry has been replaced by market research. Manufacturers pay scientists to study multiple aspects of a consumer product in development. The results, now the […]

The Edsel of the Chemical Industry

April 20th, 2004, Comments Off on The Edsel of the Chemical Industry

To the Editor, Voluntary notification of pesticide usage promulgates the view that airborne and ground level residues of lawn chemicals are only harmful to a few persons who should be accommodated as a courtesy due to one’s neighbors. This is a false assumption and we must remember that persons who have learned to avoid such […]

Spray zone families live in climate of fear

April 18th, 2004, Comments Off on Spray zone families live in climate of fear

Governments can order municipalities to spray insecticides over private property and residents; they can authorize approvals to market chemicals noted to be efficacious in killing insects. But they cannot legislate biochemistry or turn poisons into non-poisons. I am a U.S. resident who became permanently disabled with chronic illness and brain damage at the age of […]

Expert Kept From Speaking at Antidepressant Hearing

April 17th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, The experimental method begins with a hypothesis and then seeks evidence which conclusively proves or disproves it. When scientific conclusions attain the status of proprietary information, all semblance to scientific research is ended. It is transformed into market research with a distinct bias and purpose other than fact finding. It is then […]

No CEO Left Behind

April 17th, 2004, No Comments

To the Editor, Let me get this straight. More tax dollars are being funnelled into corporate pockets to educate our most difficult students? How many of these children failing federally mandated tests have mild or moderate learning problems which are ignored by an underfunded special education system? When I was a speech pathologist in NYC, […]

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