Originally created 07/19/00

Some disposable items are good



The Chronicle's July 7 editorial cartoon is dead on target in depicting a society that regards viable babies as an inconvenience to be trashed under the guise of "partial birth abortions."

And it's true that disposable diapers place a strain on our ecology, but they have probably saved the sanity of enough parents to justify their use.

"Disposable cameras," however, are actually one of the most effectively recycled products on Earth. By 1996, Kodak had recycled over 310 million of them and changed the official designation to single-use or one-time-use cameras. About 85 percent (by weight) of "new" single-use cameras is actually made of recycled material. It's one area where the intense rivalry among Kodak, Fuji and other camera makers has been set aside for the benefit of society.

Now if we could all agree on a way to eliminate late term abortions, wouldn't that be a true cause to rejoice?

Chris Lydle, Aiken



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