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Readers write

To Rep. John T. Doolittle, Sens Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein:

Section III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will effectively ban incandescent light bulbs from Jan. 1, 2012. Since compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are the only available alternative, you should be aware of the negative aspects of CFLs, the “unintended consequences” of this misbegotten law.

CFLs are highly toxic, containing unhealthy levels of mercury. They are thus difficult to dispose of safely and dangerous if accidentally broken. The EPA even warns us of the hazards and provides an 11-step clean-up procedure.

They are expensive, about 10 times the cost of an incandescent bulb.

They often require retrofit of existing [recessed] ceiling fixtures. My home has 23 such fixtures and will cost over $ 2,000 to retrofit.

Like other fluorescents, operation of CFLs at cold temperatures (under around 50° F) causes reduced light output and erratic operation. I live in Truckee, California, often the coldest spot in the United States. The CFLs I use outdoors on my front deck take a long time to come on and then do not provide sufficient light to assure safety.

They provide harsh light and an objectionable color spectrum which causes eye fatigue and distortion.

CFLs cause extensive radio frequency interference (RFI). I can no longer listen to the AM radios in my home when the CFLs are on.

They are often physically larger than the incandescent bulbs they replace and simply may not fit the lamp or fixture conveniently or at all. This will require additional retrofitting of fixtures.

And finally, this is another unnecessary government mandate reducing American freedom while enriching the special interests which lobbied heavily for its passage. Let the free market work. Increasing energy prices and technological innovation will solve the lighting problem. Mandating CFLs has eliminated the need for manufacturers to solve the problems mentioned above and improve their products. The mandate means they will sell all the CFLs they can import from China without making additional investment.

-Paul N. Duggan

Truckee

This is a follow-up letter from my first in December 2007 regarding the downtown Truckee post office mail problems and towing in the parking lot, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Well after that first letter I received a ton of calls and kudos from alot of you in town how you all felt the same way and thanked me for writing such a great letter; but you all warned me that “now you’ll never get your mail.” Oh how right you all were. I had checked my mail periodically, and yes I got other people’s mail and not some of mine and still haven’t (it’s in the cosmos). Anyway, I went in after eight days or so and my key worked but there was cardboard blocking my box. I waited in line to find out my box rent was due. I never received a bill; by the way it was due on March 2007. So I paid the box rent of $36 in cash and was told that my box had been officially closed! She informed me I would have to re-apply as a new customer; I needed to show two forms of ID and a bill showing where I lived. Then I just asked her for my mail; she went to the back and came out to inform me; “all your mail was sent back return to sender.” So I will be looking for a new post office in the near future.

Patty Risko-Nogle

Truckee

This is in response to the letter “Short memory” on March 17, 2008. “Isn’t it just like a Republican ” they would sell their soul or move anywhere to win office.” If memory serves me correct, I recall a Democrat moved from Arkansas to New York to be eligible to hold office in that state. Now she’s on the road again seeking political office at a higher level. She didn’t even buy a house in New York ” she leased it. What’s that tell you; maybe she never had any intention of fulfilling her obligations to the voters of New York. Now she’s on the campaign trail to try t become president of the United States of America, leaving New York with little or no representation.

Maybe you could use some ginko biloba, ask your doctor if it’s right for you.

Timothy Groden

Truckee