Stop poisoning, it's killing the honey bees!

Bees are pollinators; they carry pollen from one plant to another. Bees give us honey, but one-third of the food that we eat everyday is pollinated by bees. If bees don't carry pollen from one plant to another then we will not have a lot of our favorite foods.

A lot of bees are dying. Scientists don't know for sure why the honey bees are dying but they think several things are causing it. The first problem is that pesticides we use to kill bugs are making the bees very sick. The bees may also not be getting enough good food to eat. Also, mites feed on bees. All of these things weaken the bees and then a virus or bacteria could be killing them.

I am very worried about honey bees. Please consider not using pesticides in your yard.

Emma H. Lieberman

Age 7,

Westport

Electronic waste

Each year the American people throw out countless amounts of outdated electronic devices. The cycle of electronics is that they are bought, replaced, forgotten, and eventually thrown away. Often these scrapped electronics are illegally sent to slums across Asia and Africa, the only places willing to take them.

Electronic waste is a profitable business. Companies exploit underpaid and often underage workers to take valuable materials from the waste, costing them as little as $3 a day.

The business of looting electronic waste began when it was found that precious materials (such as copper, iron, silicon, nickel and gold) could be extracted from certain types of electronics during the recycling process.

Unfortunately, high profits for some mean huge health risks for others. With the removal of valuable materials from electronics, dangerous chemicals are released into the environment. Workers are at an increased risk for lung cancer, kidney damage, pulmonary emphysema and osteoporosis as well as skin cancer and birth defects. This is a major health hazard for those handling the electronics, especially in rural Asia and Africa where modern health care is neither affordable nor widely available.

Not only are the people handling the electronics at risk, but everyone around them as well. When not properly disposed of, the electronics leak dangerous chemicals that affect every living thing nearby. Without laws to enforce proper cleansing and disposal of electronics in the United States, Asia and Africa, electronic waste is a danger to everyone involved.

You can make a difference by supporting companies that make clean products, thinking twice before buying a new device and thinking green when disposing your electronics.

Patrice Gans,

Technology teacher,

The Fraser-Woods School,

Newtown

Volunteer appreciation

As the nation's oldest voluntary health organization, the American Lung Association wishes to call special attention to National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 18 through the 24.

The American Lung Association of New England extends a special thank you to the local volunteers who have been integral in our success over the years. The volunteers in each of our communities have not only embraced, but enhanced our organization in every way.

Each volunteer is an invaluable resource that has contributed to our success in helping people quit smoking, control their asthma, cope with lung disease and fight for healthy air. From retirees to working professionals, or students looking to give back to the community, our volunteers use their strengths and skills to help in countless ways. During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we at the American Lung Association want to recognize and extend our warmest and most sincere appreciation to all of those who give time, energy and dedication to our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

We are spotlighting volunteers from the many different areas of the American Lung Association in person, in hometown newspapers, on our website and on facebook.com/lungne and twitter.com/lungne. For more information on volunteering and the ways to get involved in the fight for air, call 1-800-LUNG-USA, or visit lungne.org.

Jeffrey Seyler,

President and CEO,

American Lung Association of New England

Broadway in Westport!

Wow -- a Broadway caliber musical is right here at the Westport Country Playhouse! She Loves Me is an incredibly hilarious and heart-warming musical appealing to all generations. We all jumped to our feet to give an enthusiastic standing ovation at curtain call. It is hugely entertaining.

Under new artistic director Mark Lamos' inspired and meticulous direction, every element of the show is first-rate. The music, by the composer and lyricist who also wrote Fiddler on the Roof, is outstanding. Each character acts and sings with dynamic energy and superior talent while each is unique and lovable. It is truly a stellar performance.

She Loves Me is pure fun and joy. Westport is super fortunate to have this remarkable entertainment at the Playhouse. It has been extended through May 15. Don't miss it! We loved it, you'll love it!

Joan Beer

Westport