Why should Altamont spray poison?

To the Editor:

Here we go again! To the tune of nearly $700, I just got the lawn repairs done on my front yard; a job precipitated by flooding resulting from the too-high new sidewalk on Grand Street.

Today [Tuesday, July 30], there was a town employee spraying poisonous chemicals on the sidewalks and crosswalks alongside the new lawn. I inquired as to who ordered the spraying, and I was told by three sources that the mayor had ordered it.

Calls to other local municipalities revealed that they do not use poison, but spray a solution of white vinegar and canning salt and have found it to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical pollution.

Is this the best we can expect here in Altamont?

Despite the presence of the yellow chemical signs along the sidewalks, residents should be warned not to walk their dogs and children on Village sidewalks until further notice.

Jerry Oliver


Editor’s note: See related story.

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