Letters to the Editor (12/23/09)

Dec. 23, 2009


Act wisely with lead

Just before my first birthday, my parents bought their first home: an 850-square-foot, two-bedroom, eight-window house. And it was a stretch for them.

Several years later, my sister came along and my bedroom became ours. I slept next to the window and she slept opposite me. At some point in elementary school we had our usual physicals, complete with blood tests, and my parents learned that both of us had dangerous levels of lead in our blood. My levels, sleeping next to the window with the chipping paint, were significantly higher than my sister’s.

My parents promptly had all the windows removed and replaced with new, lead free ones. Only eight windows, but I’m sure it was still a stretch.

The neighbors of Old Creamery Road got their test results back recently. And there’s lead in the local stream at levels dangerous for both livestock and you and me to drink. The samples taken closest to the North Country Sportsman’s Club are highest.

Did my parents have absolute proof that the windows were the problem? No. But they acted because the health and safety of their girls were in danger. They set a good example for the Sportsman’s Club. Where there’s a risk to public health and you have an opportunity to take steps to minimize that risk, you do so with haste.

It is both the child in me who remembers my parents’ frantic worry and the environmentalist in me who has committed to a toxin-free world who urge the Sportsman’s Club to take action, clean up and stop using lead shot.

Jessica Edgerly, Community Organizer, Toxics Action Center


Thanks for your prayer cloths

Your generous coverage of project Pocket Prayer Cloths for Our Troops (“Knitting project ties citizens to soldiers,” Oct. 1) was like a pebble tossed into a placid pond … the ripple reached far and wide.

Seventy-seven identified knitters from Chittenden County, south to Brattleboro and north to Orleans in Vermont, some in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Missouri and two visitors to Vermont (one from Scotland, one from England) either knit or crocheted prayer cloths. Their work and the work of 50 anonymous donations of finished cloths enabled us to deliver over 2,300 prayer cloths to Daneen Roy, Family Readiness Center coordinator at the Vermont National Guard.

Thanks for your help.

Patricia G. Coleman, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Faith in Action Group, Charlotte