I was very interested to read Peter Eichenberger's article on the dangers of using depeleted uranium (DU) weaponry ["America's dirty bombs--and dirty litle secret," Feb. 19]. It is an important issue and I agree with Mr. Eichenberger that it has been almost entirely ignored by the U.S. media.
However, I would like to point out an article titled "Depleted Uranium: The Invisible Threat," published in 1999 by Mother Jones Magazine on their Web site--which at the time produced daily original content and had its own independent editorial staff. The article addresses health concerns about returning Kosovar refugees to areas contaminated by NATO's use of depleted uranium munitions, as well as the impact of using such weapons in the Gulf War. It also includes resources for additional research. I think it's a great article, but then again I'm biased--I wrote it.
The article can be found at http://www.motherjones.com/news_wire/du.html.
J.J. Richardson, Efland
Credit where it's due
While I was surprised and honored to be included in Dan Coleman's list [First Person, Feb. 19] I am compelled to set the record straight about the founding of the Carrboro Farmers' Market. While Betsy and I have been selling at the market for 17 years and have been very involved in it's management we can not take credit for starting it.
The market is an unusual public/private collaboration whose seeds were planted as early as 1977 when the town received a grant to build the original market structures. The town then enlisted the help of the nonprofit N.C. Agricultural Marketing Project who helped recruit and organize a group of area farmers to sell at and operate the market for the town. It is this original group of 14 farmers who founded the market and nurtured it through the early years. It was their foresight, careful rule making and strict adherence to the principle that only products grown locally, by the seller, can be offered at the market. This is what has lead the market to be the vibrant place it is. Today entering our 25th season there are still five of those founding farms who still sell at market. Betsy and I have just been fortunate to have been accepted into this great institution, to sell and work alongside these visionary people, and with many peoples input, help guide the market through the years.
Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farm, Graham