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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 11

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 11

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Sound the alarm on scourge of plastic

I have lived in Saratoga Springs my whole life. In my recent studies at Bennington College, I have been horrified to learn how pervasive and toxic plastic pollution is, and it scares me.
Your newspaper does a good job covering a variety of issues, but I would appreciate more coverage of the plastic pollution problem.
Microplastics, especially, are dangerous. Microplastics are any piece of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters, which are either manufactured to be that size, such as the microbeads in toothpaste and skincare products, or the result of larger plastic objects breaking down. They are everywhere.
A study recently published in Frontiers in Chemistry, a well-respected science journal, found that 93% of all bottled water tested contained microplastics. When we drink bottled water, our bodies absorb and retain microplastics.
We talk about how bad plastic is for marine life, but often neglect to think of what it is doing to us. The chemicals from single-use plastic food packaging can leach into our food, especially when heated up. And when that food goes into our bodies, so do those chemicals.
These chemicals and toxins in microplastics can cause cancer and birth defects and interfere with hormonal function, and we consume them every day.
Plastic has taken over our planet. Advocate for better laws and make better choices. Try to buy less bottled water and prepackaged food. We don’t want plastic taking over our bodies, too.
Emma Fenton
Saratoga Springs


Schenectady must focus on litter issue

Linking Schenectady’s downtown to the waterfront will only create more litter from those who walk and use the bike paths.
The $10 million state economic grant does not provide money to maintain new facilities. The city continuously makes new investments, but the taxpayers are left with the bill to clean the new projects.
According to the mayor, there isn’t money for maintenance in the city budget. So why invest in new facilities and ignore what is already here? For example, millions of dollars have been spent for improvements on the Eastern Avenue corridor. This summer, weeds grew around light poles, in vacant lots and through the cracks of cement. No one bothered to cut the overgrown vegetation.
For me it as a steady diet of uncleanliness after leaving the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church for weekly Mass.
Litter creates problems. A clogged storm drain can cause flooding in homes and businesses. The little people who run the city need to get their priorities straight. Only little people publicly cheer the loss of another’s election.
Get rid of unsightly debris throughout the city.
Mary B. McClaine
Schenectady

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