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Schools must do more to reduce paper trails

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Americans — men, women and children — consume an average of 750 pounds of paper per person per year. Not surprisingly, schools account for much of kids’ share, so initiatives like the one in the Broadalbin-Perth school district aimed at using computers instead of paper to communicate with parents are an excellent idea. As any parent knows, schools fill kids’ backpacks every day with fliers designed to notify parents of events, policy changes, permission slips, ...

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muggy
September 7, 2013
9:18 a.m.

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Really? Come on Gazette. With all the problems in our country - you're worried about paper consumption? It's a renewable resource. Paper and lumber companies plant seven trees for each one they harvest. It's a wonderful model for a capitalist system. The companies that benefit financially from cutting down trees, want to ensure future raw materials by replacing what they remove. Frankly, I'm in favor of MORE tree cutting. Take a look at the National Forests in the mid-west. They're strewn with fuel for forest fires. Loggers have begged for the rights to remove this hazard from national lands, only to be rebuffed by government, enviro-statists and "those who care about the environment." Ironically, the policies that the government sets, of restricted harvesting of lumber from our national parks, ensures the destruction of our beautiful forests in the future. Have you ever driven through Zion National Park? It's unbelievably crowded with trees on the forest floor waiting to burn, spewing smoke into our air and burning everything in its path. Think.

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