A thank you to Lodi Fu­neral Home

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion -

Ed­i­tor: I would like to thank the Lodi Fu­neral Home com­mu­nity out­reach co­or­di­na­tor Es­ther Jimenez, for putting on a vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­a­tion lun­cheon and pro­gram for our vet­er­ans at the Wood­bridge Coun­try Club on Nov. 10.

There were ap­prox­i­mately 40 vet­er­ans there and a few guests. Es­ther and Kris­tine Taylor, the fu­neral man­agers, pre­sented three vet­er­ans awards for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

We saw a movie on how the na­tional an­them was con­ceived and writ­ten. It was very mov­ing. I think I saw a few tears from our vet­er­ans. Af­ter we saw this movie I asked the vet­er­ans their opinion on what they thought about elim­i­nat­ing our na­tional an­them, which the NAACP is try­ing to do. It was an out­stand­ing NO. They need to see this movie and see what our vet­er­ans sac­ri­ficed for this flag and coun­try.

I rec­om­mend ev­ery­body go to YouTube and look for the video called “Star Span­gled Ban­ner As You’ve Never Heard It.” You will never for­get it.

I again want to thank Es­ther and the Lodi Fu­neral Home Com­mu­nity out­reach for their ap­pre­ci­a­tion din­ner. I know all the vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­ated it. KEN­NETH KRAMLICH Lodi

Are wa­ter guide­lines tough enough?

Ed­i­tor: Cit­i­zens of Lodi need to pay at­ten­tion to a re­cent En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group (EWG) analysis on tap wa­ter across the 50 states.

EWG ob­tained 28 mil­lion wa­ter records from 50,000 wa­ter util­i­ties in the 50 states which serve over 280 mil­lion Amer­i­cans.

They ex­am­ined tap wa­ter con­tam­i­nants at so-called le­gal lev­els set by gov­ern­ment, but sci­en­tists will tell you pose health risks. EWG an­a­lyzed that 80 per­cent of all wa­ter util­i­ties con­tain con­tam­i­nants linked to can­cers. Ac­cord­ing to EWG, 250 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are ex­posed to hex­ava­lent chromium, the “Erin Brock­ovich” chem­i­cal. It means Lo­di­ans are at risk even if so-called le­gal lev­els. Lodi’s wa­ter has this hex­ava­lent chromium.

EWG’s Lodi re­port found 11 con­tam­i­nants above health guide­lines. Th­ese 11 con­tam­i­nants are 1,2-di­bromo-3-chloro­propane(DBCP), ar­senic, bro­modichloromethane, chlo­ro­form, hex­ava­lent chromium, ra­di­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­nants, tetra­chloroethy­lene, to­tal tri­halomethanes, trichloroacetic acid, vana­dium. 10 of th­ese 11 con­tam­i­nants cause can­cer. Van­da­dium changes blood chem­istry. 17 other con­tam­i­nants were found above health guide­lines.

The le­gal guide­lines set by gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties are ques­tion­able. The state of Michi­gan charged six Flint, Mich., gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees for crim­i­nal charges. Th­ese city gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees knew they poi­soned the cit­i­zens of Flint. They en­dan­gered the health and lives of Flint cit­i­zens. I urge cit­i­zens to read more at

www.ewg.org/tap­wa­ter. I urge cit­i­zens to buy your­selves good wa­ter fil­ters from good com­pa­nies that fil­ters all th­ese chem­i­cals. Com­pa­nies of­fer good wa­ter pitcher fil­ters for less than $100. Re­verse os­mo­sis sys­tems is good for your sink which range $300-$400. It takes per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity to buy the best wa­ter fil­ter on the mar­ket to pro­tect your health. ALEX ALIFERIS Lodi

(Ed­i­tor’s note: The City of Lodi was given an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to Mr. Aliferis’ let­ter. Fol­low­ing is the city’s re­sponse.)

The city cur­rently pro­vides and will con­tinue pro­vid­ing clean and safe drink­ing wa­ter that meets or ex­ceeds all state and fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Lodi’s drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply, please visit www.lodi.gov/pub­lic_­works/pdf/2016AWQR.pdf<http:/ /www.lodi.gov/pub­lic_­works/pdf/20

16AWQR.pdf> to re­view the city’s an­nual wa­ter qual­ity re­port for 2016. This state re­quired, com­pre­hen­sive re­port pro­vides in-depth in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing drink­ing wa­ter qual­ity in Lodi.

It is worth not­ing that even the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the com­menter, ac­knowl­edges that Lodi’s drink­ing wa­ter meets fed­eral stan­dards: “For the lat­est quar­ter as­sessed by the EPA (Jan­uary – March 2017), tap wa­ter pro­vided by this wa­ter util­ity was in com­pli­ance with fed­eral health based drink­ing wa­ter stan­dards” (En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group web­site: ewp.org<http://ewp. org/>\tap­wa­ter) CHARLES SWIMLEY Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor City of Lodi

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