I would like to make a suggestion that would improve our air quality significantly. The quality of the air here in our valley is having a negative effect on all our health.
We should ban all wood-burning fireplaces and stoves without catalytic converters. The system of burn and no-burn does little to slow these prolific polluters. There is no incentive for people to move toward control of the emission they cause.
There will be opposition to this necessary move, just as there was when smoking was outlawed in restaurants. That move made eating out more healthy and pleasant. The fireplace rules will have a much wider beneficial result for more of us in this wonderful valley.
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WINTERFRED T. HILL