Letters to the Editor, August 2012



The Sex Offender Next Door
Thank you Deborah Wilburn and Westchester Magazine for having the courage and the integrity to present the sides of this topic that are almost always ignored. Hopefully this is one small step in opening society’s minds and hearts to an issue that not only damages and harms millions of families nationwide, but does little to protect or prevent abuse in the first place. Glad I could be involved.
Shana Rowan, Central New York State

Ask Another Expert
Regarding your article “Are Lawn Pesticides Safe?” (June 2012), would not a simple yes or no suffice? The response of your expert is incomplete. Wendy Rosenbach’s answer should have read that, as far as they are concerned, the immediate benefit to elected officials and policy-makers by way of donations from the pesticide industry is worth the long-term damage pesticides cause to our health.
The short answer to the question is, in fact, no, pesticides are not safe.
Pesticide is poison. As a poison, it will cause harm to whatever or whomever absorbs or ingests it. The relatively dilute amounts that are sprayed on our lawns may not cause our immediate death. They do, however, end up in our drinking water and in the food chain. The long-term accumulation in our bodies of the chemicals used in pesticides will result in diabetes, nerve damage, various birth defects and cancers, and damage to our endocrine systems.
Gerald Gamer, Pound Ridge

Keep it Up!
Just a quick note to say that I enjoy your magazine very much—good story mix, nice writing, inviting graphics, and excellent service pieces. I have lived in Irvington for three years, and the magazine is a great resource guide.
Bryan Miller, Irvington