Don't cut 'smoke police' resources, extend them

Personal Situations - Problems or Solutions.

Moderator: pm2.5mary

Don't cut 'smoke police' resources, extend them

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:53 am

Sunday, Jan 01 2012 11:06 PM
Don't cut 'smoke police' resources, extend them

I read with incredulity Californian CEO Richard Beene's negative comments in his Dec. 19 "Bakersfield Observed" column about "people from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District driving around town looking for people using their fireplaces on no burn days." Not only do these thoughtless comments encourage people to knowingly break the law, but Beene seems to be unaware of the horrendous pollution problem that exists in this city.

According to a May 2011 report by the American Lung Association, four of the most polluted U.S. cities are located in California, with Bakersfield being described as the dirtiest and most polluted city in the U.S. for particle pollution. The air is terrible for those with respiratory illnesses, and I can tell you firsthand it discourages capable and needed physicians from relocating here.

Personally, I think more money should be spent to stop those offenders and less money spent on some other programs much less necessary. Beene's comments only promote and sanction this aberrant, harmful and illegal behavior. Just so he knows, many new housing developments do not even allow wood-burning fireplaces for the very reasons stated above.

So before Beene offers such an irresponsible opinion to a very wide audience from a powerful position and sarcastically support individuals "enjoying a warming fire" on a no-burn day (which, frankly, every day should be in this city), I suggest he be a little more sensitive to the needs of the city and especially to those individuals with respiratory illnesses.

Harold J. Baer, M.D.

source ... xtend-them


Despite timing, no-burn days are for our own good ... reeve.html

Over The Fence ... ir-quality
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
User avatar
Posts: 6106
Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:36 pm
Location: USA

Return to Opinion Letters, Blogs, and Discussion Groups

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 4 guests