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BURN BAN: More important to fight crime than smoke

Letter by Karen Jeffery, Tacoma on Dec. 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | 6 Comments »
December 13, 2011 11:40 am

When I was a youngster, come cold weather, you could smell burning coal in the air. You couldn’t hang out your laundry without getting black ash spots on it. We learned about curbing pollution and switched to cleaner furnaces to protect our lungs. But times have changed.

We now have skyrocketing utility rates that punish us for living. Utilities take up a quarter of my retirement income. If you have a wood stove or fireplace to try to alleviate those huge fees, it helps.

I understand the need to monitor and protect the air in cold months, and I watch the burn ban notices. But what about burners that don’t take the paper telling them of bans in place? Are our new smoke “detectors” going to tear out their wood stoves?

It’s peculiar to me that we choose to cut crime-fighter forces while increasing smoke fighters. Where is the priority? Keep notifying burners to curb burning when the winds are stagnant by public notices. But it’s more important to fight crime than fireplaces.

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