House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure

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  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    June 16, 2016 11:08 p.m.

    Gus Talwynd: "The research was done years ago and conclusively show its impact. Although you cite 'Silent Spring' you fail to acknowledge its conclusions."

    Yeah because it's no longer 1962 and Rachel Carsen is widely regarded as a fraud and her book a work of science fiction. DDT is less toxic than caffeine. The egg-shell thinning was debunked years ago.

  • Gus Talwynd Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2016 11:25 p.m.

    Harrison Bergeron
    Holladay , UT

    "There is an easy solution to both problems: DDT"

    Apparently you don't know much about DDT and the environmental damage it does. Fortunately we know better than to go back to using this damaging chemical. The research was done years ago and conclusively show its impact. Although you cite 'Silent Spring' you fail to acknowledge its conclusions. Also, DDT has a long term residual effect in the soil which is taken up by plants and get into the food supply. The effect on nursing mother, babies, and young children through the consumption of milk products is such that DDT levels in food are currently monitored.

    As usual, the U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines to give less than 1/2 of what the Centers for Disease Control deems necessary to combat the Zika virus. Something is very wrong. Of course, House Republicans are still trying to shut down Obamacare in its useless crusade to throw millions of Americans off the new health insurance program in a last-ditch effort to wreck President Obama's signature accomplishment before they go into early retirement.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    May 18, 2016 9:41 p.m.

    Why is everyone so hysterical about Zika? Malaria is far worse. It sickens over 200 million people every year and kill nearly half a million. There is an easy solution to both problems: DDT

    It's time to confront the Silent Spring and bird-egg folklore and bring back DDT. We almost had malaria eradicated before hysterics and politics got it banned. Now malaria sickens what would amount the entire population of Utah and kills several times the population of Salt Lake City every year.

    With DDT we could eliminate not only Zika but Malaria, Chikungunya, Dog Heartworm, Dengue, Yellow fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and many more diseases.