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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Chemicals at root of water woes

Ignoring the water problem in Lake Erie has finally come to fruition (“Clean up Lake Erie — now,” editorial, Aug. 5). ​We can’t keep polluting the lake and expect no ramifications.

No one should be putting farm chemicals on the Earth. Plants grow without them. Organically grown food is better for people, animals, the Earth, water, and air.

Apparently Lake Erie has reached its limit. This is a taste of what global warming has to offer if we refuse to head the warnings and refuse to change.

JoANNE VanSPARRENTAK

Grand Rapids, Ohio

 

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Panic buying hurtful to others

I have been sadly perplexed by the panic that surrounded the water crisis. Obviously, tainted water is no issue to be taken lightly. But watching individuals carry out 10 or more 24-packs of water from area stores showed me how soft and greedy we’ve become.

In a land of pure water almost everywhere, do we not see how our panic looks to those in the world who rarely have any clean water, or only a meager supply?

Why does one family need 10 cases of bottled water, depriving many other families of just one case? Wasn’t it possible to buy a case, see how serious the problem would become, then buy another case the next day?

Toledoans should show some maturity. People should have been willing to share water with neighbors and recognize how panic purchasing creates added grief for many others.

PETER MARTYN

Kenwood Boulevard

Meijer a model of customer service

Kudos to the Meijer store in Sylvania Township for having an orderly line for bottled water. Store employees even put the water in your shopping cart for you.

Rotten tomatoes to shoppers everywhere who felt the need to hoard water and to the stores that didn’t limit quantities of purchase.

MARSHA HORNER

Springfield Township

How did toxin rate rise overnight?

The idea that the level of microcystin in our water supply increased virtually overnight is preposterous. My family and I have been exhibiting symptoms related to sickness from the toxin since last week.

Someone was asleep at the wheel at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

JIM RUTLEDGE

Ottawa Hills

Kudos to Collins for long hours

Hats off to Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. The water crisis affected about 500,000 people.

It appeared that Mayor Collins worked 24/​7 to help residents through this ordeal.

DAVE ROBERTS

Springfield Township

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