Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 24, 2013 5:00 AM

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Plastic society

Have you noticed how more and more plastic has crept into our lives? You can hardly buy anything that isn’t packaged in plastic. Glass bottles and jars have been changed to plastic. Yes, it’s convenient, but it’s polluting our Earth, and it never goes away. It goes to the landfill but never decomposes. It’s made of petroleum, and it’s full of chemicals. Reducing your use of single use plastic bags is the easiest place to start lessening your plastic consumption. I just counted 17 “free” reusable bags in my car. I have chosen to refuse plastic bags because they are a waste of our resources and they are generally used once and thrown away. The EPA statistics state that over 95 percentof all HDPE plastic bags end up in our landfills or the environment. Every ocean has a plastic gyre that is killing birds, fish, turtles and other sea creatures. Plastic bags float through the air, and if they don’t get caught in brush or trees, they end up in a waterway that leads to larger bodies of water, such as the Gulf of Mexico.  

Our Mother Earth is sick, and we need to start mothering her. She has a temperature and needs our immediate attention. Let’s do the right thing and start refusing plastic bags. It’s a matter of training yourself and forming a new habit. I’m proof that it can be done. Even if you don’t believe in global warming, I’m sure you don’t want to pollute this beautiful place we call our home. It was good to hear the candidates for IC City Council agree that this is a good idea. Please join me and “100 Grannies For a Livable Future” in this endeavor.  

Becky Ross

On alcohol use

Hazardous use of alcohol is a behavioral problem that is best treated case-by-case, and prompt intervention does make a difference. I would like to see the Ulniversity of Iowa collaborate with Coe, Cornell, Kirkwood, and Mount Mercy Colleges in expanding prompt intervention.

The basic idea behind the 21-ordinance was if you cannot alter the behavior, change the environment, but when you do that it is not possible to predict the outcome. There have been many changes made to the environment, and one of them is a large increase in the number of police officers engaged in alcohol-law enforcement. In my opinion, that is the most important difference.

John Neff

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