Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

BURN BAN: Where’s evidence of bad-air deaths?

Letter by John Stadler, Fox Island on Dec. 28, 2011 at 9:15 am | 29 Comments »
December 28, 2011 10:23 am

Re: “We are concerned about our air, and we are in this together” (Viewpoint, 12-26).

The claim by the authors – a health department doctor and a chamber of commerce official – is that 1,100 deaths in this state are caused by fine-particle pollution. Please, tell us more.

How many of the “estimated” deaths are of people who live in Pierce County? Show us the death certificates, signed by doctors, stating the deaths were caused by fine-particle pollution.

Why is it that everyone I know of knew with symptoms stated was a smoker or lived a sedentary lifestyle?

When will the county ban alder pollen and the estimated 50 tons of coal-burning particulates blown into Pierce County from China every day?

Long ago, the Army told me that salt is good for me. A doctor and in-laws told me it is bad for me. The latest study indicates it lowers blood pressure. Works for me.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.