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Malathion Controversy

January 21, 1990

I applaud your editorial because the flies are far more acceptable than constant, perpetual malathion spraying. The pesticide lobby claims that farmers will be forced to leave the state. Fine, let them leave. California has many profitable industries which do not require that the population be doused with pesticides on a continuing basis. Concerns over health should override concerns for profit.

To all those who sit in their living rooms smugly content with the knowledge that they are not in a spraying area, take another look into the night sky. Every time they spray in our area, the helicopters are flying higher. This does cut down on the noise and terror factor, but it also ensures that gentle breezes are wafting the poison over a much greater area. So look for the telltale brown spots.

JOHN VORNHOLT

Los Angeles

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