Leaves, fireplaces hardly the problem

As I read the article about the proposed burn ban I was left scratching my head. On the back of the section was a graph, outlining the percentages of air pollution causes — outdoor burning being 6 percent and woodstoves and fireplaces being 10 percent. The biggest sources are motor vehicles and industry.

So I’m left wondering why in the world the clean air agency would have private homes so closely on their radar screen.

It’s wintertime, people! It’s cold! Heating is expensive. Fireplaces and woodstoves provide a nice, comfortable heat source and can be operated with fallen branches and split up wood.

Motor vehicles are responsible for 57 percent. Should the governement install meters on your car and fine you if you go drive too much?

Sound ridiculous? Well, so does telling citizens they can’t be warm in the wintertime and so does telling citizens they can’t keep their property clean and burn up some brush. We’re not burning coal or plastic, people!

Pass any law you want. I’m staying warm in the winter without an outragious heating bill and I’m keeping my property looking nice without having to pay to take it to the dump!

Jay Bierman


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