Archive for November 14th, 2003

14th November
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, November 14, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

Faced with the highest taxes in the country, a crime rate that is showing signs of creeping up again, and staggering unemployment in sections of the city that rivals Depression-era levels, the City Council has decided to tackle a problem that already seems to have solved itself: childhood lead poisoning.They are about to pass a bill that, besides being totally unnecessary, will cost city government and private industry tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars. 

    Lead poisoning is well known to cause brain damage and other medical problems, but the question really is “What constitutes lead poisoning?” When measured on a consistent, uniform scale, “lead poisoning” rates have dramatically plummeted over the past 30 years, and with good reason. (more…)