Monthly Archives: June 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lead paint bill needs attention

In the Delaware State News

Jun 27th, 2018

As we approach the end of the legislative session many bills compete for attention in the limited time remaining.

One that truly deserves the support of all is HB 456, banning use of lead paint in Delaware. Many don’t realize that lead paints can still be used except in residential settings and (supposedly) on toys, etc.

Probably most of us DO know that lead is very harmful to health, that exposure to lead dumbs down our kids. And, that there is “no safe level” of exposure.

Banning lead paints is a no-brainer, and many responsible paint makers have already stopped including lead in their products.

We hope all members of the General Assembly, of either party, will actively support getting House Bill 456 passed by both houses, without troublesome amendments, before end of session.

And, thanks to Sarah Bucic and Amy Roe for their leadership on this issue.

Alan Muller
Executive Director
Green Delaware

Note:  This bill has been approved unanimously by the House and Senate.  Great work by Sara Bucic, Amy Roe, and many others.

Communicating with Green Delaware, or any other org or movement (some more thoughts)

When Green Delaware got started in the mid-90s, we used email and worried about reaching people who didn’t have it.  We sent out lots of faxes.  We started up a website, now in its 3rd generation as a WordPress blog (

Times have changed.  Everybody is presumed, rightly or not, to have email.  (Our emails go out in about equal proportions to a Yahoo group and to a “Mailchimp” list.)  Fax is long gone.  Sometimes it seems that email is fading out in favor of various ways of “messaging.”

“Social media” is here in spades, facebook and twitter seeming dominant.   We have a facebook page (, a facebook group (, and a Twitter account (@GreenDelaware).  In Facebook World, “pages” are considered to be more for announcements and “groups” are more for interactive discussion.  Do we really need both?

Probably the biggest downside of “social media” is that these are private businesses where there is no right of free speech.  They are run, essentially, to sell advertising.  They can shut you down any time they feel like it.

All these different ways of communicating are excessively time-consuming.  We’d like some feedback on priorities.   You can “like” the facebook page; you can “join” the facebook group; you can “follow” the Twitter account.  You can subscribe to our email list.  You can ignore all this social media and continue to get (fewer) emails. 

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