Reader shows concern for environment

October 12, 2012

To the Editor:

It came to my attention recently that Eastern Elementary school is planning a Go Pink! For Breast Cancer Awareness day on Oct. 18th.

I think this is a great thing, my mother is a breast cancer survivor, as well as other members of my family and the message of early detection early cure is an important one to send.

What’s bothering me about this is the plan to release hundreds of pink helium filled balloons into the air. In a county where all we really have to brag about is the natural beauty and amazing wildlife of the area, we’re going to sanction and allow something so environmentally unfriendly? These balloons burst and the slivered pieces of latex fall as trash on the ground and into our waterways. Animals confuse them for food and eat them, or get tangled up in the ripped pieces of latex.

I’m sure that there is some other way our young children can show their support for this worthy cause, while being shown how to do it in a way that is friendly to their environment, and to the county in which they live.

Melissa VanCooney

Pomeroy, Ohio