Printed letters, May 10, 2013

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Floyd minimizes a real danger and, yes, common household chemicals can be dangerous. They have labels telling the proper use and disposal. Benzene is no longer one of them. Its use in gasoline is for an anti-knock compound and is restricted to 1% and not commonly used. Most people wisely don’t hover over their gas tank during filling. Respiration is a special case as the body can quickly rid itself, but continued breathing can do you in like the case of Jose Lara in Rifle. Flyodd is a prepetuator of the O&G propaganda saying how many bad things you have in your house. But you are not unsuspectingly drinking the crap as you would with benzene in the water supply. Ask old Ned Prather about that. With flyodd, he is in it for his commercial construction holdings and like the old Lil’ Abner character capitalist Bullmoose - “What’s good for Bullmoose, is good for the country!” Now take his examples of polar flying - would you do the few feet of runway for a cancerous liver or is 5 minutes of 2000 years worth a pancreatic cancer? Because that is what this junk does - by bona fide health study it increases the odds for you to get that stuff. As far as benzene being a product of nature, yes it is and so is arsenic, cyanide gas, carnotite yellow uranium ore, hydrogen sulfide, and others that have the ability to kill or create lingering death. Nature has a lot of goodies like that, but people don’t suck up and knowingly get involved with them.

It’s incomprehensible to me that anyone would speak up in defense of benzene in our groundwater and streams!

It is called greed!  If people don’t choke on fouled, tainted water then they can choke on dollar bills and compare it to harmful chemicals.  All people with common sense can hope for is they don’t get a chance to spend it before paying their medical bills!

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