Febrnm·y 23, 1970 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE
MONTANA SCHOOJ£HILDREN CONCERNED
Mr. !vl:ANSFIELD. Mr. President, one
of the most important issues facing the
S tate of Montana and the Na tion is the
question of pollution. We h ave been
doing a great deal of talking about it
in thi!i Chamber. The administration has
come out four squarP. agains t pollution,
~ nd the mail has perked up remarkedly
!>O far as the membership of this body
is concerned. Up to the present t ime, I
h ave received in the neighborhood of
J 5.000 letters, telegrams, and petitions
indicating the deep interest of the people
of my State in preserving the environment,
in doing away with pollution,
and in undertaking the necessary means
to become acquainted with the vast problems
which this Issue poses.
In this connection, one of the most
interesting letters I have r eceived is from
a group of fifth grade students at the
Riverv1ew School in Great F alls, Mont.
All of these students-there must have
been 20 to 30-have been answered
personally; but I wrote a letter to
Miss Barbara Bristol, who was the originator
of the idea and who was one who
developed such great interest in this matt
rr among h!'r classmates. In a footnote,
1 assure Barbara and her classmates
in t he fifth grade at the Riverview
School that I will do my best to save the
newts. the sparrows and goldfish, the
chamelon , the guinea pigs. and all their
types and others from the danger of
pesticides. I men tionE>d these because
some of the s tudents had told me that
t hey had them in their r oom.
I ask unanimous consen t to have the
le tter !Hinted at this point in the REcOH!
There being no objection , the letter was
ordered to be printed in the REcono, as
FEDRU .• RY 3, 1970.
:\11 ~:, B . o.HB:\P.A BRISTOL,
Fs my greut Interest In this
problem aoo greater and more intensive be·
cause or )'\)W' interest and my desire to be
of all po1111lble a.sa!Btance 1n coping with lt.
It you have any further que&tlons, plea.ae
!eel tree to write to me.
Again, I want to thank you Barba.ra, fOl'
being the originator ot thia particular proJect
on thla p..rtlcular lasue and to IWliUre you
that I am Indebted to you and your clo..sema.
tes for the Interest shown.
Muat clOEc now, but with best 1~rsona.!
wishes, I am
P .S.- Please res t assured that J wlll do my
best to save the newts, sparrows, goldfish,
chameleon, guinea pig and all their types
and others from tbe danger of pesticides.
I mentioned the above because some of you
haV6 told me what you have In your r ,>om.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 68, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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February 3, 1970
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Hiss B.::rbnrn Bristol
5th Grade, Riverview School C•2
100 Smelter Avenue ·,., , .. ·
Great Falls, ?mnt~na 59401
Dear Barbara :
This will acknouledgc receipt of your letter of January 15 in
which you and your class~tes ra1se certain questions about DDT . Firat,
may I soy that I appreciated the initiative ~·1hich you have sho\o.-rn in looking
into this particular question in tryin~ to become more kno\.:ledge.:tble about
it and in con~acting Hr . Eddie Albert and me .
I am delizhted that you have heard from Mr . Albert, and I am very
h:1ppy that you took the time and the trouble to give me the benefit of your
vieHS. Hhat you have done is a first step in the exercising of citizenship
and, to me, is a very encourazing attitude on the part of your generation .
You have made mG more interested in DDT nnd other pesticides, and the uses
and abuses and, most important, the fact that their abuses have reached such
5. Uhat are both siclas of the story?
DDT baa been a very potential oeapon in the extemination of mosquitoes
and othor pests and • thereby • has held dcxm or erradicated certain
kinds of diSOOBelJ. llouever, on ool;lnce it SCClll$ tO be more dangerOUS
and I hopa that other means c.:1n be found to replace DDT which would not
bQ &>o da~arous.
6. lfuat COillpnnies is this being sold from7
That informatioo 1. do not have at Ill'./ disposal.
7. How can 'WO ~lake it illegal to sell it?
13y passing L:ms of the k:l.nd that Senator Nelson has introduced and which
should receiva atrong Congrossiorol sup;x>rt.
8. "I know yoa are good friends with President Nixon, ao if you would get
hia opinions, I would be pleased."
I would suggest t~t you write to the President directly about h1a
opinions. My thinking 1o that they would bo very close to mine.
9. How dooa it affect tho birds?
In all too many 1m tances • it kills them.
10. If a bird bad this d
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