Fleischmann says no to pesticides

It’s kind of funny that Rep. Andy Fleischmann, a West Hartford Democrat, is a leader in the push to keep pesticides off school playing fields.

I mean, you can barely drive down any residential street in town from May to October without running into a truck pumping chemicals onto yet another tiny West Hartford lawn.

Apparently, we want our kids to be safe from pesticides on the schoolyard because they get plenty of the stuff at home and we don’t want to push it too far, or those grandkids we hope for someday will look Ralph Wiggum on “The Simpsons.”

One of the bills that sailed through Fleischmann’s Education Committee extends a ban on using pesticides that already exists for elementary schools. Middle schools would be covered, too.

Another bill would include high schools as well.

“Children who play sports and games on school fields should not have to deal with exposure to toxic pesticides and herbicides,” Fleischmann told reporters.

Personally, I hate all this toxic crud that gets sprayed all over everyone’s lawns. I’d be fine with banning its use everywhere except in limited cases to protect public health. But I’m kind of a nut that way.

But it’s still amusing to see a West Hartford lawmaker out front on this, because there’s a lot of green involved in spreading chemicals on our¬† yards here.

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Filed under Andrew Fleischmann, Environment, lawns, pesticides

5 responses to “Fleischmann says no to pesticides

  1. turtle

    Hey! Our lawn is (almost) chemical-free. And it shows.

  2. Oh my God!!! I agree with Fleischmann on something!!! Yikes!!!
    Get the pesticides off the ball fields and off the school premises.
    My lawn is also chem free.. and all I know is it is green, it grows and it has to be cut too often.

  3. Joe Visconti

    Now let’s get a law against all the Canadian Bird Poop on the fields. Sheesh, I took my kid to Hall High for Lacrosse practice and the rain and Poop mixed for a real Yuk dujour .

    There was more waste out there than we will ever find in our State and Local Government.

    Hey, how would we get these Geese to leave anyway? Any ideas? How about making them an offer they can’t refuse? I heard that all you animal rights activists? Just Kidding, but how could we solve this Organic Health problem with Geese Excrement?

  4. turtle

    Oh my God!!! I agree with Aron on something!!! Yikes!!!

  5. interested

    I don’t care about potential harm from pesticides. We simple don’t need to spend the money. As long as it is a green grassy material that they are playing on who cares. These are not MLB ball fields.

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