EDITOR:

Spring has arrived and summer is not far behind. In this season of rebirth and renewal, some believe they must help Mother Nature by spreading chemical pesticides on lawns. Unfortunately, these pesticides are often foul-smelling and cancer-causing -- dangerous to our health and the food supply. The odors of newly-sprayed lawns warn us -- don't send your kids and pets out to the cancer zone.

Pesticides are now found throughout the elements -- land, water, air, wind-born particles, rain and fog. Certain pesticides are proving especially disruptive to bees as commercial beekeepers report losses averaging 29 to 45 percent per year. Continuation of this trend could have a staggering effect on the food supply -- these bees are critical to the pollination needed to grow our fruits, vegetables and flowering plants.

Some are starting to react to these dangers. The Sun recently reported on the success a Paducah native had in a suit against Monsanto, maker of Roundup. The city of Portland, Maine, has banned the use of Roundup and similar pesticides. Perhaps it is time for Paducah to do the same.

GWEN COMLEY LENTZ

Paducah

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