Saturday, March 20, 2010

Another "Water" Letter Published in the Cape Cod Times

Above, Dyer Pond, in all its glory. Spring arrives today, and the grass is already greening up outside. The crocuses are out. Our first daffodil is blooming. Tulips have begun to break through the soil. The sun is shining on the good folks at Preservation Hall, who have a perfect day for their ground-breaking ceremony and celebration. Fun starts at 1:32 this afternoon. We have no guests this weekend, which seems really sad when you consider the warmth and the fact that I posted a Hot Deal online. I know the vacancies are related to the economy, but I'm thinking we will not stay open year-round next winter ...

I wrote a Letter to the Editor and sent it to the Cape Cod Times:

“I would like to salute Yarmouth Board of Health member William Snowden, who asked that a local health care facility stop flushing pharmaceuticals, as reported March 14. His protest is well founded.

To my horror, my mother’s hospice meds were flushed down the toilet right after her death. Don’t people realize drugs are chemicals and that these chemicals will make their way into our drinking water? How can people be so shortsighted? Flushed drugs can pollute a water supply. Consumption of that water increases our body burden and the probability of developing diseases like breast cancer.

Cape Cod has sandy soil. We drink water from private wells on the Outer Cape. From my research I know pharmaceuticals and toxic chemicals do not belong in drinking water. Some countries are struggling with a lack of water.

At a time when Matt Damon starts a foundation called H2O Africa and a climbing party of celebrities, including Jessica Biel, climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to spotlight the global water crisis, shouldn’t more attention be paid to what’s happening here at home and an effort be made to keep our own water free of toxins?”