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March 14, 2013
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LETTER: Dreading the burn season

We all live in a wonderful and progressive small city. That said, we once again are entering the ungodly long three-month burning/pollution "season." We all endure unhealthy air in the name of convenience and tradition. Laws for smoking pale by comparison to our smoke particulate-saturated burning valley. It is immoral to do things that openly and knowingly hurt people.

Many of us wonder if our air quality officials actively lobby at the local and state level for pollution-free air. It seems protectors are scarce. If we need to continue to bum and pollute, how about two weeks rather than 25% of a year so those of us medically affected can leave our valley during this period. Human health first, convenience and tradition second. Our priorities are presently dangerous and wrong. I wonder what our visitors think.

Tom Kelley

Grand Junction

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