What about mercury in light bulbs?

February 25, 2011

The article ''Mercury Ban Puts Freezer on Thermometers'' (Feb. 23) includes a listing of other devices containing the substance. But there's a significant omission — the newer lightbulbs coming in as incandescent ones are phased out.

The whole situation is absurd. Officials crack down on older thermometers, yet have no problem with forcing CFL bulbs on people, even though they pose a danger if they break or are not discarded of properly. What's more, these mercury retainers are hardly ''light bulbs'' since they offer virtually no illumination.

Cheryl Herman, Pikesville

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