To the editor:
I agree with Joel Freedman (November Courier)that Bishop Clark should do more to ensure that the Catholic schools in our diocese stop using lawn chemicals to kill weeds.
Many public schools in our area stopped using lawn week killers many years ago, and their lawns remain attractive and their athletic fields remain very usable.
Additionally, the lawns surrounding Catholic churches in our diocese should also be kept chemical free.
When Marblehead, Massachusetts, stopped using pesticides and other hazardous chemicals on city property over six years ago, Marblehead’s Board of Health recognized that “a balanced and healthy ecosystem is vital to the health of the town and its citizens; and as such is also in need of protection from exposure to hazardous chemicals and pesticides, in particular.” Our diocese should adopt a similar outlook.