2011 Sept. 29: AK Fairbanks: (Vote yes on Prop. 2 on Oct. 4) Smoke and bluster & COMMENT

2011 Sept. 29: AK Fairbanks: (Vote yes on Prop. 2 on Oct. 4) Smokeand bluster & COMMENT
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
I cut, haul and split our wood supply for each winter and value my ability and to high doses of the particulatepollution that is the target of Prop. 2.
Letter to the editorSept. 24, 2011To the editor:

I have lived in Fairbanks for more than 20 years. I have always used wood to help heat our home. I cut, haul and split our wood supply for each winter and value my ability and right to do so.

During my time in Fairbanks (particularly the past several winters), I have seen some serious problems develop with air quality. It is plain to see (and smell). I am active in the winter and value my health and the health of my neighbors. That is why I strongly support passage of Proposition 2 to help clean up the air in Fairbanks for everyone’s sake.

In my opinion, anyone raising children in the Fairbanks area who does not come out Tuesday to vote for Prop. 2 is doing their children a disservice. Kids’ growing lungs may suffer long-term and serious consequences from exposure to high doses of the particulate pollution that is the target of Prop. 2.

Folks speaking against this proposition frequently refer to private property rights as the reason for their opposition. I too value private property rights and I also believe that the inside of our lungs are as private as any of our property. We need to pass this common sense proposal to safeguard all of our investments in our continued health.

Some opponents of Proposition 2, apparently believing they cannot win the argument fair and square in the court of public opinion, have filed a lawsuit trying to remove the measure from the ballot. I guess democracy is fine when you can win, but if you might lose: go to court preemptively. Fairbanks voters should decide the merits of this Proposition, not a judge. This last minute lawsuit trying to remove Prop. 2 from the ballot is a lame attempt to obscure the real issues at stake, confuse people and take the decision out of the voters’ hands where it rightly belongs.

Please look beyond the bluster and smoke and vote yes on Proposition 2.

COMMENT
mtns&rivers wrote on Thursday, Sep 29 at 01:31 PM »
Um… coal is a fossil fuel, it’s one of the fuels targeted.this Prop. is about dealing with the major causes of the real, measurable health problem with fine particulate pollution in fairbanks. yes, there is no doubt that petroleum-based fuels also pollute mightily, and we should all endeavor to use less of all these things. however, we cannot do it all at once, the curent situation with pm 2.5 is having real and lasting health effects. it needs to be dealt with. Prop. 2 is put forward as one specific solution to an oberved and serious health problem, not the be-all end-all solution to climate warming and air pollution. forest fires cause particulate ‘pollution’, yes. that does not mean we should not deal with the winter pm 2.5 problem that is primarily caused by the devices targeted in prop. 2.

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« mtns&rivers wrote on Thursday, Sep 29 at 01:31 PM »
Um… coal is a fossil fuel, it’s one of the fuels targeted.this Prop. is about dealing with the major causes of the real, measurable health problem with fine particulate pollution in fairbanks. yes, there is no doubt that petroleum-based fuels also pollute mightily, and we should all endeavor to use less of all these things. however, we cannot do it all at once, the curent situation with pm 2.5 is having real and lasting health effects. it needs to be dealt with. Prop. 2 is put forward as one specific solution to an oberved and serious health problem, not the be-all end-all solution to climate warming and air pollution. forest fires cause particulate ‘pollution’, yes. that does not mean we should not deal with the winter pm 2.5 problem that is primarily caused by the devices targeted in prop. 2.

Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Smoke and bluster

 
 
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