Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tacoma-Pierce County

Dec.
12th

BURN BAN: Crackdown a waste of taxpayer money

Re: “Tighter enforcement of burn bans possible” (TNT, 12-10).

The “wood stove police” are going to spend tax money to ferret out those dastardly wood burners.

While critical services such as police and fire protection are being reduced, the clueless bureaucrats at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency are proposing to increase enforcement officers from 12 to 75! They want to use infrared cameras for nighttime surveillance and clobber with stiff fines and fees the people trying to stay warm. All this for a problem that exists for “10 or so days every winter.”

One more example of government run

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Dec.
12th

BURN BAN: More important to fight crime than smoke

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

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Dec.
12th

TACOMA: Public safety vs. burn ban enforcement

Re: “Tighter enforcement of burn bans possible” (TNT, 12-10).

Personally, I agree with much of this article, and I do use a pellet stove. However, what I find interesting is that a few days ago the city of Tacoma announced it will have to lay off a large number of police and firemen because of the budget. Now the city/county wants to hire 63 more people to enforce a burn ban!

While enforcing a burn ban is important, I think having proper staffing of police officers and firefighters should be a higher priority than checking someone’s fireplace or pellet stove.

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