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Do something about cancer


To The Editor:

As I write this letter, there are so many more people being treated for cancer, some who lost the fight, some who have been lucky. But their lives are never the same.

The dreaded disease cancer looms over them. My fiance and I have been hit with cancer. We are victims. Per person, per capital, we are under attack here with this dreaded disease. The words no one wants to hear are “you have cancer.” It will attack anyone. It is in our food supply, our water, our soil, in the air. It is up-river, coming down on us. We are downwind of all of those factories and refineries in the Great Lakes and Canada. Water runs downhill along with all the chemicals that have so cheaply been disposed of at our expense. Death and disease.

And you have those big chemical companies that hold the high cards and the big money, as well as our toxic government and our Health Department here. What are they doing to protect us? The state Department of Environmental Conservation in Watertown says it’s okay to bury garbage on your own property. There’s no law against it. Well, it’s not always going to be owned by the same people. What do they consider garbage? What happens when this crap breaks down over a period of time? Would you like to buy a piece of property, maybe decide to put in a pool or build on, and wow, lo and behold you have all this solid waste. Who deals with it? You do, and in so many ways. Does it toxify the ground? You bet it does. There are no limits. Does the acid rain fall down into our ground, our waterways, our wells? Are they affected by this? You bet! And who’s paying for it? We are; years of neglect here, years of chemicals used on the farm lands and along the railroads for weed control.

Years of dumping, years of neglect of emissions from the factories and refineries, and no one is held accountable. The laws we do have are not enforced. No one cares. And again, we pay, with our lives. Point here: the town and state spray pesticides along our creeks and guardrails for weed control. What idiots! Our waterways are precious, and they have the audacity to spray this crap. The poor fish and game don’t have any control over what’s being down to them, either. How sad!

I tall goes back to one major flaw: greed; power and greed. Think about it. These big chemical companies make mega dollars off the chemicals that can kill and sicken us, and also the chemicals to treat us in the brews of chemotherapy that many of us have taken just to try to survive. And all these cancers are running amok all around us, waiting for the kill. So tell me, how do we even begin to clean up this mess?

Our cries go unheard. We are being treated with chemicals rather than stop this destruction. Talk about prevention to start with. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be given the ounce of prevention than a pound of chemo and steroids.

I would love our Health Department here to go to the nearest cancer center and take a good look at what our good people go through to try and beat this hideous disease. Then tell me it’s not an issue to take a stand on. For the sake of your family, friends, neighbors, ask questions. Speak out! Fight the fight. There is truly something wrong here, and we all are at imminent risk. The extremely sad thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Please note when looking at the paper how many people die where you see Hospice and Palliative Care mentioned. It’s scary!

Michelle A. Reed


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