Northwest NEWS

May 28, 2001

Editorial

Burn ban is welcome news to air-deprived people

A-h-h-h-a, what a beautiful spring day! Warm sunshine, robins singing and the unmistakable fragrance of new growth in the air.
   I open my tightlyclosed windows that have kept out the chill of winter, only to be stifled by the noxious, noisome stench of acrid smoke belching from my neighbor's backyard and into my house.
   For the next three days my family must endure the head-numbing odor of my neighbor's so-called yard waste smoldering, until the last ember finally expires. If you think people extinguish their fires at sunset, then you believe in the tooth fairy.
   The news that all outdoor burning will be outlawed by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is welcome news to more lung-congested, air-deprived people than a person with a narrow viewpoint can possibly imagine.
   Oh, and by the way, I'm reasonably certain all of the wood hauling trucks and chippers combined, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, wouldn't equal the tiniest fraction of pollutants spewed by some of the gas guzzling, passenger behemoths that waste our resources and glut our highways.
   Gary Greene, Woodinville