To The Daily Sun,
I see that, once again, the issue of spreading biosolids, also known as sludge, is on the ballot in Gilmanton. There are very few times in our lives where we have the opportunity to right a wrong and change the course of the future — this is one of them.
There has been much written about this issue in recent memory. For those who may have missed the information, I will give a quick summary. Sludge, as the name suggests, is a toxic cocktail made up of human, industrial, and medical waste. This mixture is offered up to farmers as an economical alternative for fertilizer for crops. When spread on land, this poisonous "bloody Mary" of wastes, has been demonstrated to not only pollute the soil, but also sicken humans and animals.
I am a registered nurse with decades of experience working in hospitals. I can assure my neighbors that medical waste is certainly not a benign substance that I want spread around on our vegetables or animal feed! Unfortunately, the sludge industry and local partners spreading this poison have clouded the issue of present and future damage to the town by insinuating that farmers must use sludge to maintain their livelihoods. The real fact of the matter is, as my father would have said, "Your right to extend your fist ends where my nose begins." This discussion is NOT an attack on the agricultural way of life, but a letter of support for the citizens of Gilmanton who bear the negative effects of living near the land where this toxic product is being used.
I beg the residents of Gilmanton to vote "YES" on Zoning Warrant Article #3, to ban the spreading of biosolids, in the voting booth on March 8 or by absentee ballot — which is available now at the Gilmanton Town Clerk's Office.
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