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Editor: If we’re not careful, bees are going to go extinct, bringing coffee, apples, cherry blossoms, the wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and our entire way of life with them.

Yet, people spray their lawns everyday with neonicotinoids, or neonics – a pesticide that interferes with bees’ brains, makes it harder for baby bees to find their way home, and ultimately kills the bees.

Of course, it’s not these people’s fault; most of them probably don’t know the harm that they’re doing.

The blame should be instead on companies that sell neonic-pesticides – companies including our new neighbor here in Arlington, Amazon. Even though companies like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Ace Hardware have taken neonics off their shelves, Amazon continues to sell these harmful products.

As they move into our backyard, Arlintonians should demand that Amazon take an important step to save the bees and stop selling neonics. Even as Prime members, we can’t overnight ship a new species.

Zack Szlezinger, Washington D.C.

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Janet Smith

There's always hope with Amazon, which will have a new CEO in two weeks.

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