A warning against using pesticides

To the Editor:

After attending a two-day conference about pesticides which was sponsored by “Beyond Pesticides” and held at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with professionals and volunteers from all across the country, who are involved in education and research about the hazards of pesticides, I thought it was time to get down and dirty about the truth and risks of using pesticides, so the homeowners could begin to protect their families and neighbors, especially the young and very young children and pregnant mothers.

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Reader wants simpler tax code

To the Editor:

James Madison, our 4th president and chief architect of our Constitution, stated in Federalist 62 (part of a series of articles written by Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay in support of ratifying the Constitution), “it would be of little use to have laws so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” When you consider the size and complexity of our U.S. Tax Code and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, you know Madison was right.

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Disagrees with Malloy’s education reforms

To the Editor:

Governor Malloy’s Education Bill 24 is supposed to be designed to close the achievement gap (how well poor and minority students perform in comparison to other students) but I cannot support it because it is based on two faulty assumptions. These two assumptions are: Redistributing money from wealthier schools to poorer schools and evaluating teacher performance will close the gap. Neither will make a difference. Here’s why.

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