Balloon launches aren’t ecological

Dear Editor,

I read with dismay about the balloon launch held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Warren County Municipal Center. It seems inconceivable to me that anyone would not realize that a balloon launch is not a benign, colorful method of celebration, but simply littering with a built-in delay.

Everything that goes up, eventually comes down, including latex balloons and the strings attached to them. They land in our beautiful lakes, forests, and backyards. They wind up entangled in power lines, trees, and, much too often, in the digestive tracts of both water and land creatures – invariably leading to slow, painful deaths.

The balloon industry would have us believe that latex balloons are totally biodegradable. Maybe they are – given enough time – but the creatures who ingest them don’t have the luxury of being able to wait for months or more for them to decompose in their stomachs before they strangle or starve to death. Please see: www.balloonrelease.com/faqs.htm.

The next time anyone suggests a balloon launch, please tell them in no uncertain terms that balloons that fly up to the heavens all too soon turn into earthbound trash.

Lauren Maehrlein

Bolton Landing

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