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But, people like free stuff 

To the editor,

Regarding Lezlie Lowe's article "Green bulb, red light" (May 17): How could Home Depot giving away free CFL light bulbs be such a bad idea? People could actually take the bus. And for those who actually shop, throwing in a couple of freebies doesn't sound so bad. Or maybe going to an over-priced boutique store, if that's your bag, will lighten your consumer conscience. Irving-owned Kent can't be much different than Home Depot, considering how many Irving stations are in the US now. As for contributing to pollution, let's recall how much energy is used and pollution is caused every year by Christmas lights, or how many incandescent bulbs get tossed and end

up at the landfill. I doubt many people will go on a mission just for free bulbs. Society's pre-1904 standards (pre-car) will never come back. Nor will candles or kerosene. Hopefully we will soon have alternative fuel sources. We all know there are worse ways to spend the tax buck. Are you so eco-friendly not to consider what pollutants the pulp-and-paper industry that provides paper for The Coast contributes to the environment? Your words are written on the pages of mass forest destruction and enviromental pollution. The Coast itself is a toxic cesspool of mindless nonsense, but, alas, it's free.

By Scott Staples

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