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.