Re: Earth Day 2009
Fuming over noxious fumes
Although I had a million things to do, I decided that I'd honor the planet by enjoying it, and there's no lovelier time here in Florida than late April.
The brightly shining sun, puffy white clouds in a cerulean sky, an orchestra of colorful bougainvillea and the sweet scent of jasmine awaited my arrival. I grabbed my shades, an herbal iced tea and Harlan Coben's latest novel and headed out to the chaise next to my solar-heated pool. This was going to be the best Earth Day ever!
Unfortunately, I was immediately assaulted by the chemical fumes of pesticide that must have been applied recently by a less than Earth-friendly neighbor.
I retreated back inside before becoming ill from the noxious fumes to ask my husband, a former award-winning turf manager, why people still use these harmful and dangerous chemicals. He was at a loss. He told me that he'd never spray herbicides or pesticides anymore. If he had a serious problem, he'd use a granular in the offending area.
I doubt that we have any more pests than do our well-meaning but oh-so-nasally-offensive neighbors. Even if they don't understand the risks of spraying carcinogens directly into their living environment, surely they can detect the offensive odor that is discharged into the atmosphere.
So much for Earth Day 2009 here in Clearwater, Florida, where the air is ripe with the noxious fumes of deadly pesticides!
M. Timpanaro, Clearwater
Re: Seniors could use a bailout too | letter, April 19
Seniors, speak out before it's too late
I just read Frank J. Duci's well-written letter about Social Security and how the politicians are pillaging the money that we have worked very hard for all our lives.
I wonder if Frank or any other senior citizen saw the St. Petersburg Times article two weeks ago that stated our cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be zero for the next three years and 2 percent after that.
This would be fine if you could put a price freeze on everything else, but we know that's not going to happen. I hope the politicians hear from the 45 million senior citizens before it's too late.
Steve Coley, Clearwater