The message below was sent by Richard Saunders, Director of Music for the Somerville Public Schools. He is rightfully outraged by a bill currently being considered by the House of Representatives, (Bill H111)which would require school music department to sterilize instruments. Here’s a Globe article about it. The problem is that there’s no evidence that the current system is any danger to students, and the guy who invented a system to “sterilize” instruments stands to make a killing, while driving music departments out of business because they will have to spend tons of money they don’t have, to fix a problem that isn’t a problem, while the proceeds go into the inventor’s pocket! My husband has been teaching music for 18 years and he and his colleagues have never seen a need to sterilize instruments beyond the sterilization of mouthpieces that takes place routinely before students share an instrument.
Please read the article and call your legislator to ask him/her to vote against this bill.
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:38:46 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Instrument Sterilization Bill H111
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Band Instrument Sterilization Bill H111, was proposed to the Education Subcommittee of the MA House of Representatives. This bill is being pushed by Rep. Paul Donato of Medford, who is a very connected politician with some real power in the legislature. I believe that this bill would cripple many music programs. Mandatory sterilization is also unnecessary. All mouthpieces are sterilized before being used or re-used.
Please contact the politicians on the education subcommittee.
Let them know what you think.
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Richard G Saunders
Director of Music
Somerville Public Schools
81 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143