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Letters to the Editor
December 22, 2003

Thank you for your ''Our Environment'' coverage on Superfund toxic waste sites. I commend Vassar College professor Jill S. Schneiderman and Vassar's Department of Geology and Geography for the environmental injustice study.

Professor Schneiderman asks: ''On whose shoulders do the burdens of environmental risk rest?'' I suggest all peoples, professions and municipalities. New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer issued a report, ''Daycare centers and Superfund: A parent's right to know,'' dated January 2003, that provides convincing proof.

A series of environmental reports in follow-up, such as health issues resulting from Superfund sites here in the mid-Hudson region and cause of death listed in obituaries, would be a public service.

Society buys water, filters and other purifiers. Home-care product companies sell air pressure devices, such as nose and head gear (C-PAP), to help the needy. We definitely need to go back to the future when water and air were crystal-clear, not polluted, and free for all.

Flora Jones, Beacon

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