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,e 6 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 Letters )) Safe drinking water? In ' Sussex, no more,. Growing up in Sussex County, I've seen a lot of farms. Cornfields and soybean fields can be seen for miles in any direct!on. Sussex County is ranked in the top 100 counties in the United States for vegetable production. These farms, no doubt, use pesticides, whose chemicals can affect the groundwater that we use every day for drinking. Pesticides seep into Our groundwater sources and contaminate our drinking water. Pesticide use should be reduced to protect our already limited wa- ter Sources. Well water is not treated, nor is it subjected to the Environmental Protection Agency's drinking wa- ter standards. As a rural area, well water is common for homes in Sussex County, and it is estimated that 48 percent, or 197,146 people of Sussex County's population use well water. About 50 percent of the U.S. population uses ground water for drinking, and in agricul- tural areas it is usually about 98 percent of the population who use groundwater, where the water is even more at risk to chemical ex- posure. While some groundwater is treated to remove chemicals in facilities for municipal water sup- phes, do we really know that all the chemicals can be removed? And what about the chemicals from pesticides in well water? When I drink well water at home I don't even consider what chemi- cals I might be drinking, chemi- cals that have leached into the aquifer I draw from. Do you? Pesticides are used in agricul- ture to protect crop yield. The major belief is that using pesti- cides means that more crops will survive and are able to be put into the market for sale. Is this agood enough reason to jeopardize con- taminating our drinking water sources? Some people believe that soil and earth protect water sources by filtering water and keeping pesticides from leaching into our /qulfers, but science shows us that this is not true. The fact is that pesticides do make their way into our groundwater, contaminating it with chemicals unsafe to consume. Pesticides can reach our groundwater several ways, from applications onto crop fields, seepage of contaminated surface water, accidental spills and leaks, and improper disposal. Another mistaken belief is that pesticides may reach our water sources, but will dissipate and naturally filter out while in groundwater. The U.S. Geological Survey tells us that chemicals can take a long time to appear in groundwater, so we might not know the extent of the effects of pesticides for several years to come. If we already know that groundwater is being polluted by the chemicals in pesticides, and are told that it could become Continued on page 7 Editorial- Slots enforcement: too.much government tate law enforcement officials rocked ter all, by supporting its casinos, Delaware has the state's veterans' ranks recently. Within a few days Of Veterans Day, American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and similar nonprofit or- ganizations received letters telling them to shut down their slot machine operations or face le- gal consequences - including loss of liquor li- censes. We're not talking about full-scale casino op- erations. Rather, a number of the posts around the state - including local posts - host a few vendor-supplied slot machines providing en- tertainment for the patrons and, most impor- tantly, a reliable source of money to sustain post operations. Money raised from slot ma- chines also funds charity work including schol- arships and outreach programs for veterans in need. Technically, the slot machines are illegal, but we all know there are many laws on the books that are enforced only as needed. Where there is little strong evidence that the machines are creating real problems, the benefits supported by these machines justify placing them in law enforcement's look-the-other-way category. At'- already affirmed the communal good coming from gambling revenues outweighs individual gambling problems. Gov. Jack Markell wouldbe violating his oath of office if he were to instruct state police to ig- nore laws still on the books. But he could cer- tainly make it clear that it's not a priority of his office to see police spending scarce resources on enforcement action that ends up doing more harm than good, If there are significant. abuses in isolated locations, the law can be used to clean up those problems, but not every affected organization should be penalized for the abuses of a few. If those in charge feel a whole, new regulato- ry mechanism needs to be established to a& dress an apparently minor problem, then the process should begin immediately - starting with action in the special Senate session slated for next week. In the meantime, as 14th District Rep. Fete Schwartzkopf- himself a retired state police officer - has suggested, state enforce- ment officials should back off their misguided directive and quit jeopardizing organizations that ask for little and give much. 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