Re "Stop Poisoning Schools," May 10.
Your editorial and the news story that preceded it warning of the effect of farming operations on teachers and students is particularly timely as the Oxnard Elementary School District is on the verge of approving construction of a new campus in the middle of farmland.
District staff are pressing to put a new school in southeast Oxnard, which would be within 1,000 feet of farmland despite the fact that your article provided numerous examples of health-related problems when schools are put within 7,920 feet (1 1/2 miles) of farms.
Despite the availability of other locations and objections by owners of nearby farmland such as our family, Joe Maulhardt and others, the environmental impact report states that such concerns have been remedied by "incorporation of mitigation measures." This is a perfect example of the artificiality of EIR reports as this conclusion defies the reality of the health hazards reported to your paper by schools in this very county.
If you care about the health of children and the preservation of farmland, tell the Oxnard Board of Trustees to find a better and safer location for its teachers and students.
FREDERICK ROSENMUND, Oxnard