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Debate code enforcement, but know the facts

April 5, 2014
The Marietta Times

Like most folks living in Marietta I have watched the dispute concerning code enforcement from a distance hoping the parties might find some way to compromise or at least stop the name calling. However in his letter to the editor published March 25, a letter writer criticized a project my partner, Dick Boulton, and I are involved with so I feel the need to clarify a matter of importance to us. In an attempt to criticize Roger Kalter, the letter writer referred to the building of cold frames using old windows that contained lead paint. Almost nothing in his letter was accurate. The windows he mentioned were donated by Harry Houser. Just prior to Houser's untimely death from cancer several months ago, I promised to fulfill his wish that the windows be used to build cold frames and to encourage gardening. Kalter organized the project. Boulton, a skilled carpenter, supervised and he informed every participant that the paint on the windows did indeed contain lead. He gave specific instructions on how to seal the windows to protect the plants from contamination. I might add that all of us, including Kalter, donated our time and materials. Thanks to them, the project was a total success. Six cold frames, 11 garden tables, and numerous new gardens became part of our community, and over 70 folks participated. Houser would be pleased. I hope this corrects the incomplete information included in the letter writer's letter.



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