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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 with 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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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    We would not have to cut police and firefighters if we could get rid of their budget busting unions. They are the cancer to city budgets.

    We must decertify the unions during the bankrupcy process. Time to cut our losses and start over WITHOUT unions.

  2. took14theteam says:

    Karen, it is what the Libs..Progressives..Democrats do. Punish the voters by taking away the essential services, then have them vote a tax increase in order to restore those cut services. While they keep the non-essential services intact to payback campaign donations.

    As a side note. Patty “mom in tennis shoes” Murray said if there were more women in government there would be more compromise and things would get done( I am paraphrasing for the snail, kardy and RW). This state is supposedly run by a woman, so why doesn’t anything get done? (now waiting for Mucks off topic comment rant).

  3. bobcat1a says:

    Dear took14theteam,
    Answer to your question is: because a few years ago a certain individual (initials TE) and his ilk persuaded the majority of Washingtonians that they could have EVERYTHING while paying NOTHING. Not working out so good.

  4. took14theteam says:

    Looks like the TNT filters are at it again.

    Strange it only happened after bobcat showed up.

  5. sandblower says:

    Sorry Mes. Jeffrey, you are totally wrong.

  6. T-B-G- decertify the police unions and the police will become a goon squad to maintain the political status quo because a new mayor/manager could mean a new chief and a mass firings of all officers deemed to be unreliable by the new administration.

    No, this is not fantasy! This is the way things were before there were police unions.

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