WEST NILE VIRUS - MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION - HOW GOOD IS YOUR
HER SALARY OF $319,000 (a 132% increase
from 2000 - about 6% increase for every year while the average Cost
of Living increase has been about 2.2% a year), bonuses and a
plethora of benefits not afforded to any other employees . While
our schools are very good, they are not the top rated schools in
PA ---although her salary is the top salary in PA. Another
important question is at what rate did the TEAM of teachers
and others increase as her salary and benefits increased?
Did they also get a 6% increas on average over the last 14 or 15
years. When Dr Sichel arrived on the scene in the (1990's as a
guidance couselor ?) Abington had a reputation for good schools.
That is why she and I both chose Abington Schools for our
own children. So where is the analysis that Dr Sichel has
not just managed to keep the "status quo and keep the good schools
good? Did we have a rank then and now. If anyone has that
share it .
In addition I am highly concerned about
paying someone a salary such as this when they are holding down
3-4 other jobs at the same time.
Are the "connections"
important for the few that will ride the coat tails - or for the
entire student body that she is to be serving? Do we want
someone influencing policy when clearly they think that leaders
should be compensated so far above those that are actually
teaching and mentoring our children? Isn't this what's wrong
with Washington? There are so many questions to be
answered when things are this far askew.
DO WE NEED ? - we need a proper system of notification -
education about the effects of the chemicals being sprayed
our children ,
our fish, our bees, our playgrounds and our vegetable gardens
and we need a central
reporting place where we can see the reactions to
the sprays, like the reports that they compile for West Nile.
What would be even better : stop spraying !
I believe if people were fully informed, they would be appalled at
what is being done.
HAVE THEY SPRAYED : Sprayings in Abington Pa so far this year
(as of 9-3-12 have been first in the Pembryn Park
area (8-2) and then the area around Hillside Cemetery and
Ardsley Burial Park (8-22 or 8-23). (see roads
listed below) I have not been
able to get an answer on the two conflicting reports yet -
whether Pembryn Park was included again in the second spraying .
GOOD (bad) ARE WE AT MATH ?
Does it make sense to dump potential cancer causing
agents on hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions ) of people
because 30 some people in
Texas died? Please do not
interpret this as my being in anyway unsympathetic to those who
have suffered from West Nile . But do understand that many
more may be at risk if you analyse what is known about the
"solution" . Among the chemicals
being used are known or suspected carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, immune system
suppressants etc. .
Cancer, as you know, might take 5, 10 or 20 years to appear. It
is rarely traced to its cause. Add to it the appropriate numbers
of illness and death for endocrine disruption, immune system
suppression and voila - a better picture of the real risk comes
into view. On the other
hand, I imagine the math picture for the pesticide manufacturers
looks fairly good. 65 deaths prompting hundreds or
thousands of sprayings nationwide. (The 65 is as of this writing
9-1-12 as reported by the CDC )
IS THERE NO REPORTING SYSTEM? Do you
wonder why there is no "reporting system" for pesticide areas
that are sprayed and no direct notification to the people
directly receiving the dose? They have no problem reporting each
incident of West Nile. But
a record of the illnesses & reactions reported after a spray
might give us a good start.
We need overall to demand
notification, education on the symptoms of pesticide poisoning and
central reporting places that are OPENLY published for
reactions to the sprays . If you have had a reaction during a
praying period, please
let me know.
watch/ read or at least skim
a good overview
municipalities take are
ineffective and dangerous:
About Mosquitoes, Pesticides and West Nile Virus
Best summary article I have seen
WHAT'S BEING USED LOCALLY ?
The pesticides being
used in the local
Abington Cheltenham area
are Duet and Biomist . Chemicals in these include the
Prallethrin and an agent called Piperonyl Butoxide:
known or suspected cancer causing agents, neurotoxins,
endocrine disrupters , etc, and also
toxic to bees, aquatic
life and the natural predators such as dragonflies ( and every
most all other beneficial insects) and mosquito eating fish.
Immune systems of bats,
who can eat over 3,000 insects a night, can be
compromised. So the entire ecological balance gets sent out of
whack if you cover the environment with these poisons.
In some areas there are reports of larvicides ( deemed
the best way to control West Nile) being reduced because of the
budgetary limitations. Less effective adulticide sprayings have
The most egregious part of this is the lack of
notification and education about the symptoms .
In one California area subjected to
pesticide sprayings that residents were told were safe, one man
who himself was affected, put a list together
643 reports of illness right after the spray.
No one is doing that .. Very few are even being alerted
that they are being "doused" at all. Reports of illness in a
spray area are rarely,if ever, noted. And DEET which itself is
responsible for deaths is being recommended freely…
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO
have indicated spraying seems to cause an increase in the
# of mosquitos
have reported that mosquitos sometimes become more aggressive
when they return
immunities via production of antibodies can be built up when
pesticides are not used.
ingredients that are not revealed have their own warnings and
toxicity- they are not revealed
remedies to protect against bites or for those annoyed by the
biting are rarely distributed
regulations are nearly never followed properly - i.e.: washing
down playground equipment
antibiotics, the constant use of pesticides can cause resistant
---- alternatives like
encouraging the bats and using mosquito fish are not
endocrine disruption, etc. most often cannot be traced back to
its cause, (and no one's trying)
---- as many as a third, at one calculation,
of reported cases were from blood transfusions,
which requires better blood testing, not more spraying.
---- pesticide "safety" is based on a risk benefit
analysis - i.e. more should die from the cause than the cure
---- pesticide "safety" depends upon following labeling
guidelines- which nearly never are
Here are links that may be helpful :
PA statistics on cases found
Nationwide statistics from CDC - approx. 1/3 from blood
donors(better blood tests, not sprays, are needed)
Immunities built up
Not using alternatives
like mosquito fish
Permethrin -- links
Permethrin - Bad
Permethrin cis - not known yet
Permethrin - harmful to fish, bees, other animals, some
vegetation / should be kept out of all bodies of water /a
balance exists between the quality and quantity of
insects and other invertebrates that serve as fish food / Severe
bee losses may be expected if bees are present at
treatment time, or within a day thereafter / toxic to wildlife /
should not be applied, or allowed to drift, to crops or
weeds in which active foraging takes place
prolonging sodium channel activation. .
but is dangerously toxic to
mammalian toxicity . Per
EPA a likely human
Permethrin - per conversation with
NPIC is in an EPA
screening for endocrine disrupters
Pyrethroids in general:
Pyrethroids, Sumithrin & Resmiethrin
systems critical in neurological development
exposure affects developing respiratory systems
Inert ingredients, which constitutes most of the product:
Health Effects of Pesticides (Pesticide induced diseases )
Endocrine Disrupters :
Who Has Reports after sprayings ?
- only EPA has
full collection of
reports which are not publicly printed attainable w/o FOIA
manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
similar effects to WNV:
Pesticides known or suspected:
Low doses not harmless
Low doses not harmless
Low doses not harmless
doses not harmless
cancer agents, endocrine disrupters, neurotoxins & immune
estimated cancer deaths 572,000 nationwide and 28,000 in
1 in 5 in the US can expect to die from cancer.
Endocrine disruption ,
infertility and reproductive problems :
Suppression of the immune system & neurotoxic defects
Lack of Reporting - Falsification of Information - Inadequate
Government report : The full danger from pesticides are likely
much greater than we know and we are not being told
One man on his own began
collecting anecdotal or hospital incidents after sprayings and
found 643 …after
residents had been told what was sprayed
Scott's Miracle Gro settlement of 8 million or more
for false registration and use of pesticides
Massachussts Balks at Providing Evidence that sprays are
huge list of remedies for biting mosquitos
that don't include toxins:
mosquitos are poor fliers and fans on a patio area
can often control them sufficiently
Garlic Oil -
or google recipes to
make at home
was recommended 8-12
by some -
claims are made that
it kills & repels mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bed bugs and other
unwanted insects but
does not harm bees, lady bugs and other beneficial insects (fish
and aquatic invertebrates??? )
Vitamin B1 megadoses (100 mg ? look up any problems with
that first) . Mosquitos will still land
on your skin, but will not bite as frequently according
to claims . Investigate further
Catnip mosquito repellant
report said it worked but had to be regularly reapplied -
and they would substitute coconut, almond,
or sesame oil for the more pungent olive oil in the
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil http://www.beyondpesticides.org/mosquito/documents/LesstoxRepellents.pdf
For Communities :
Introduce Bats Dragonflies & Mosquito Fish
Skin so Soft - aids minimally in repelling per my experience
- not a great deterrent - others report that
it has to be constantly reapplied - too often to
Catch Mosquitos that get
1. Cut a plastic bottle in half, a small one is
Dissolve brown sugar in hot water and let it cool down & pour
into the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add yeast to
the sugar (Carbon dioxide will be given off and will attract the
4. Insert the top portion upside down to make a " funnel"
Cover the outside of the bottle withblack paper or dark material
6. Place it
in a dark corner in your house
mixture every 2 weeks
You will be surprised by the number of
mosquitoes killed in a week or 2
WHAT'S HAPPENING in ABINGTON, PA
Sept 19th -
- --between 7:30–11:00PM. the spraying purportedly took
place in Wards 11, 14, and 5 --- Susquehanna from
Edge Hill to Easton Road; Easton Road from Susquehanna
to Rubicam Avenue; -- Rubicam Ave from Easton Rd to Rockwell Rd;
-- Rockwell Rd from Rubicam Avenue to Edge Hill Rd; -- Edge Hill
Rd from Rockwell Rd to Susquehanna Rd. and in Ward 9
Ardsley - on Susquehanna Rd from Bradfield Rd to Fitzwatertown
Rd; -- Fitzwatertown from Susquehanna to North Hills
Ave; -- North Hills Ave from Fitzwatertown to Jenkintown
Rd; -- Jenkintown Rd from North Hills Aveto the train tracks
parallel to Tyson Avenue; -- the train tracks from Jenkintown Rd
to Bradfield Rd; -- Bradfield Rd from the train tracks to
Susquehanna Road. The pesticide will be Biomist 3+15 ULV. This
was done by the MontCo Department of Health
8-23-12 They are spraying again - This time
around Hillside Cemetery and Ardsley Burial Park (8-22 or
It is raining as I write this-so it is possible
that the spraying has been postponed till tomorrow. But
there are grave concerns with a system that notifies only a few,
and those who are not notified are the ones being exposed to the
chemical. Especially after last year's outcry.
1) Residents would have no idea if they had a reaction to what
they had been exposed to
would have no way of protecting themselves and their children
their vegetable gardens their pets, their bees and fish ( Duet
is highly toxic to bees and fish)
would have no ability to research the chemical or to learn
anything about the risk benefit analysis. Although West
Nile mosquitoes have been discovered in the many counties, there
has been no reported case this year of any human infection.
Most human infections only lead to headache & flu like symptoms
- and only a very few lead to encephalitis or anything more
severe. while deaths from West Nile are unacceptable if
they can be prevented, it is also unacceptable to use
toxins in a manner that no reasonable opportunity exists for
residents to perform a risk benefit analysis themselves.
Oversight is an extremely important feature of good government.
Without it , I think we can agree we have seen adequate examples
of extremely bad decisions not in our interests. This has
been one of them. There was no "emergency". Residents had
the right to have proper information before having pesticides
applied to their properties.
We thought last year our protests might matter. But nothing has
changed. The process still leaves those affected completely out
of the loop. The Township has collected emails - but did not use
them . My Commissioner has a huge portion of his
Constituency on email -myself included - but did not notify
We were notified last minute that there would be a spraying,
from trucks, for West Nile Virus . Many residents protested the
action itself ( having unwanted chemicals applied to their
property) as well as
the fact that the last minute notice meant that very few
were informed and very few had an opportunity to either research
the chemicals or take any adequate precautions.
The pesticide spraying was canceled.
in ABINGTON, PA Aerial Spraying
On August 26th and August 27th, 2008 the DEP and Montgomery
County chose to treat many of the local townships,
including Abington, to eradicate the mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.
Unfortunately, the aerial spraying was made without the
knowledge of many of the residents over whose homes the
pesticide was applied.
The way that this was done, without advance notification or
education about the chemicals being used did not enable residents to
even all get the message. Many may have been out in the spray
itself - without any knowledge that it was happening & that
there were precautions to take. Neither did they have an
opportunity to voice their approval or rejection of this
process or educate themselves.
The chemical used Aug 27th between 8 and 12 pm was Resmethrin -
While TV reports stated that officials had apologized for this
oversight, we have yet to see what Abington's reaction might be.
We hope that this issue will point out the need for better
communications (that we have been requesting for several years
now), including open forums to discuss issues just such as this
one, and we hope that residents rights and wishes will be
respected by design in the future.
While some may think that the West Nile virus is a terrible
threat, a Times Chronicle article tells us that there has only
been one case of the virus in humans in the state. The article
did not indicate that the patient had died - just that the
diagnosis had been made.