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
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?
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.
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