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Has Congress nothing better to do than debate military's use of lead?

Armed ForcesU.S. CongressBenjamin L. CardinBarbara BoxerAmerican Civil Liberties UnionU.S. Department of Defense

It is fascinating to read of all these organizations that want to do so much for us. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the U.S. Department of Defense to put an end to the ban on women in combat. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Boxer want the environment on military bases to be made safer by reducing the amount of lead to which our troops are exposed ("Lead limits on military firing ranges outdated, reports says," Dec. 4).

These advocates even cited evidence that pregnant women should not be exposed to levels of lead for risk of spontaneous abortion. So I guess if our troops become pregnant while they are in a combat area they must be sent home, or those shooting at us will be required to use lead-free ammunition. Sort of makes the case for a ban doesn't it?

Nice to know members of Congress are busy thinking up new ways to protect us from toxins that harm the human body while we fall over the financial cliff.

Have we reached the silly season yet?

Joseph Schvimmer, Pikesville

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