Letter: What of the environmental effects of losing grass?

To the Editors:
The issue of replacing grass with artificial turf at a Middlebrook playing field has generated many arguments, but I have heard little mention of the harm, by deprivation, such action will exert upon the environment. As suggested to me by my grandson Andrew, the ultimate significance of the turf proposal can easily be understood by invoking the tragedy of the commons principle.
We have a group, acting properly in pursuit of their own interests, thereby depriving the community at large of an asset necessary for its well-being. A field of grass, an organism cleansing the atmosphere, is to be removed and replaced by an inanimate product yielding no environmental benefit.
David Bloomer
29 Spoonwood Road, Sept. 22