Letters to the Editor, April 20

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

Stop bee-killing poisons

I don't doubt many compassionate, highly intelligent scientists work for Bayer Chemicals. This is why I found their recent "Bee Care Center" to be nothing but a cheesy public relations Band-Aid for a problem they have created.

Killing off our bees threatens agriculture and our food supply. Bayer and Monsanto need to put an immediate end to marketing their pesticides and GMO crops that contain neonicotinoids -- a known killer of bee colonies.

American beekeepers lost 45 percent of their colonies in just one year from 2012 to 2013.

It's one thing to put profits before people. I guess we'll always have to live with that. But it's absolute madness to put profits before survival. Tell Congress to support H.R. 2692 "Saving America's Pollinators Act" to empower the EPA to suspend bee-killing poisons until we have more data. The bill also tasks the EPA with monitoring bee health.

Killing bees will kill our food supply, then you. Is that worth some short-term profit for shareholders and CEOs?

Tony Madejczyk

Durham

Race’s timing flawed

Last Sunday, Raleigh celebrated their Rock  And Roll Marathon and two people died.

Their deaths are unfortunate, but shadow a deeper flaw on municipal and public event organizers thought processes. Sure, it meant profit to the city (taxes), hotels, resteraunts etc.  but to what inconvenience to other citizens of the city? I cannot believe the organizers of the race and city officials did not realize the event of the race falling on one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar. Oh sure, there was the "mea culpas" about the date, changing the course etc.

In my own mind, I wonder about the reasons and the rationale of thousands of the participants and their families not celebrating the death of Christ.

Ken Walters

Durham