Posted: April 13, 2004

Headline misled on site's atomic connections

I am writing in response to the March 12 article regarding the study and cleanup at the former Cyprus Foote Mineral Co. site in East Whiteland Township, which is now owned by Frazer/Exton Development L.P. The majority of the article by staff writer Ben Lowe accurately depicts the current situation at the site, but the headline referring to the site as an "ex-atomic research facility" is inaccurate and highly misleading.

The small-scale research that may have occurred at this facility definitely does not qualify the plant as an "atomic research facility." That description is reserved for U.S. Department of Energy laboratories that have atomic research as their main function. The headline's unfortunate choice of words would lead neighbors to believe they are living next to a former Department of Energy laboratory similar to the one operating in Los Alamos, N.M.

CFM did do research for the Atomic Energy Commission, but it conducted operations at other locations, with no documentation citing research conducted at the East Whiteland facility. Furthermore, our radiation study confirms radiation consistent only with mineral-ore stockpiling.

Nevertheless, we will consider this information in our cleanup plans and take steps to ensure that areas with elevated radiation readings are cleaned up.

Arnon E. Garonzik


Frazer/Exton Development

West Goshen

Missed chance

On April 4, hundreds of students from dozens of Friends schools throughout the Northeast marched in Center City to air their concerns over the war in Iraq and to promote diplomacy and peace over senseless violence. Yet, despite news releases, phone calls and e-mails, media coverage was scarce.

Don't the news media believe in children? Don't the media value what we have to say? When kids do get a spotlight or a soapbox from which they can speak about important issues, they are often billed as exceptional - and as being the exception. This could not be further from the case. Every day, kids of all ages think, reflect and speak on issues of importance not only to them but to the larger world, yet they still have trouble being heard.

I was an organizer of the Friends Schools Day of Peace, and I proudly walked at the front of the march, trying to help us get our message across. We were yelling so hard that some of us lost our voices - yet I still feel as though our message was falling on the deaf ears of the local media.

What does it take for kids to be heard?

Michael Candelori



A version of this letter appeared previously in another zoned edition of The Inquirer.

Limit the ads

I'm sure that Tony Auth's April 6 cartoon relating to the effects of political advertising struck a responsive chord with everyone who turns on a television.

I recently wrote to President Bush and Congress with this proposal: Limit all political advertising - in the newspaper and on radio and television - to the last month before the primary election. Limit general-election ads to the three months before the polling day for newspapers, two months for radio, and one month for television.

This would lower the cost of political campaigns, reduce corporate influence - the big contributors in elections - and lessen the number of ads in our electronic and print media.

Do you think it will fly? Election Day - Nov. 2 - is just under seven months away.

J.R. Slotterback

East Goshen

Spot-on comment

We are so in agreement with the observations of Michael T. Dolan in his April 5 commentary ("It's a dog's life in the suburbs, and the noise level proves it").

My husband or I could have written this commentary to a "T." We have the same frustrating situation, and we live in Bucks County. Loved the column.

Ruff! Ruff! Ruff!

Joan and Phil Sodano


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