Letters to the editor

Speaking of American royalty

Curiously, now that the reign of our goode King, Richard I and King George II is in its end times there is a sudden crusade to not leane behind but, to have our armies hang six foreign-born subjects long held in the castle's dungeon. Indeed, this before those of us might hear their speech, which there exists a small possibility could come to pass under the rule of a newly crowned King or Queen.

Gil Campos

Regarding bulbs containing mercury

Will mercury poising become as prevalent as lead poisoning in the common home?

I was recently made aware of a little known fact. Florescent light bulbs contain mercury and the EPA states CFL's, (Compact Florescent Lighting or T-8 Bulbs), contain mercury content that exceeds their own guidelines for toxicity.

Wow, how did this get by me till now?

The logic is, our EPA claims that coal burning plants produce mercury and by converting older florescent lighting,(older T-12's, do have more mercury content than newer T-8's), to newer energy saving 5 to 7 year bulbs we can cut our C02 emissions as well as the byproduct of mercury output by such coal power plants. The average home in the 1950's to 1980's had perhaps one or two florescent light's in a basement or garage.

The problem is now we have CFL's on night tables, bathrooms, kitchens all over the newer home's, where we or our kids/ pets can break them exposing all to a toxic dose of Mercury, effectively poisoning ourselves.

I pose the question's;

1. If our own government states that one CFL is toxic to us, then lets us use them with no proper safety or disposal rules in place how safe are we?

2. Currently, the vast majority of the fluorescent lamp population consists of T12s, which contain on average 25 milligrams of mercury per lamp. T12s can be replaced with energy-saving T8s, which contain about 15 mg of mercury per lamp. If the bulb is made in China, who will ensure that the manufacture of the bulb will be within the EPA's 15 mg of 'allowable' mercury per bulb?

Todd R. Vilardi

Regarding the crosswalk tragedy on Siskiyou Blvd.

I am strongly in favor of reducing the speed limit, closing the Garfield crosswalk and installing some type of "reminder" pavement strips before crosswalks on Siskiyou Boulevard.

From a pedestrian's perspective, I am an SOU staff member who lives across Siskiyou Boulevard from the University and crosses the boulevard at least 4 times a day. It is extremely rare for the first 3-4 drivers who see me waiting to cross the street to stop. I now make a regular habit of not crossing until I have eye contact with the driver(s), have waved to thank them for stopping and have waited to see that they can completely stop before reaching the crosswalk. It's is unrealistic to believe that every pedestrian will make this type of effort on every crossing.

From a driver perspective, 2 days after the tragedy I was driving on Siskiyou in the same direction at approximately the same time. My thoughts turned to the tragedy. As I reached Garfield, I realized I was lost in thought, not looking for pedestrians and exceeding the speed limit. It shook me.

Siskiyou Boulevard, especially between Wrightman and Mountain, is dangerous. Period.

Mike Rice

Street crossing flag irony

I noticed the picture of the orange crossing flags on the front page of the Tidings. Ironically, the student in the background, in the crosswalk isn't carrying one of the flags.

Ninian MacGregor

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