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Letter: Safer Turfs

Kudos to the editor and writers at the Manhasset Press for their front-page coverage last week of the artificial turf controversy. Their decision to educate the public, encourage discussion and provide a forum is perhaps unprecedented and should be highly commended. Many residents will weigh in on both sides, I’m sure. However, it is beyond my comprehension how anyone can not read the arguments put forth by the manufacturer of artificial turf and not say to themselves, “Wow, this sounds just like how the tobacco companies said cigarette smoking is safe and does not cause cancer or death!”

Manhassetites pride themselves on caring about their community, neighbors and town. It just doesn’t make sense to ignore the “Precautionary Principle” especially when much safer alternatives for resilient fields exist. I urge everyone to check out safer turf alternatives—they are out there. Do not be lulled into complacency by well meaning community and school leaders who have made the decision to endorse further installation of artificial turf fields in Manhasset. Moratoriums have been placed on such installations in many other municipalities that have taken a more prudent approach. This premature endorsement of a toxic mix, which is rife with serious risk to our children’s health and our community at large (seepage into our acquifer), is not only extremely disturbing but ill-conceived.

Why take these chances? Our children deserve our protection and so does our environment.

Brenda Russo Bailey