The recent palo alto weekly has a brief article about the use of round up week killer
(an herbicide) at one of our local schools and or parks. The school district seems to believe that the use of chemicals like round up is a cost effective way to deal with weeds, due to the fact that removing weeds (a fire hazard) in other ways is simply to labor intensive, and not cost effective. It is argued by an assistant principal at the school that the threat of a fire is prevalent, and thus we should remove this threat with the high powered chemicals in order to protect the surrounding community. Another resident is upset over this shortsighted policy, as he laments the wildlife that once thrived in this particular region, and how the district is sending the wrong message to the children by encacting such measures. As a member of this "community" I would have to say that the school district is making a big mistake, and that the use of herbicides in and around our town is totally unacceptable. Poisoning the environment to save the "environment" is nuts. How long shall we continue to let these measures continue? Is anybody else concerned? Or, shall I simply let this one ride, and enjoy living with pesticides?