For years, people were asked to get rid of thermometers and thermostats that contained mercury because of the danger. Now, we are urged to buy compact flourescent light bulbs for every fixture in the house, yet those bulbs contain mercury. I must be missing something here.

I read in Sun Spots a few weeks ago about how to dispose of these dangerous bulbs and have decided not to buy them, even if it would save a few pennies or dollars. My concern is, who in the world is going to take the time to actually dispose of those bulbs as directed? And don’t, for goodness sake, break one. If one breaks, we are told not to vacuum up the pieces and to avoid handling the pieces without throw-away gloves. Just double-bag the fragments and take them to a recycling facility.

All I can say is, buyer beware.

Beverly Giguere, Lewiston


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