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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:07 am | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the editor

Nov. 30, 2012

To the editor:

Well, we finally did it. We now hold the title of the most polluted city in the country, and all in the name of freedom: freedom from regulations, freedom from scientific knowledge and, sadly, freedom to expose ourselves, our families, our friends and neighbors to the dangers of asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart problems and strokes. Somewhere along the line, we have forgotten that freedom without responsibility, without concern for others, is tyranny.

For years, we have dismissed the warnings of health professionals, weather experts, scientists and air quality experts. In October, we voted to allow absolutely no restrictions on what we can do to heat our homes. Sadly, we continue, again and again, to protect the worst polluters at the expense of those acting responsibly.

I really had to laugh when I heard on the news today that the borough sponsored a meeting in North Pole to try to convince 7,800 people to switch to safer alternative sources of heat on bad air quality days. Twenty people showed up.

I can only wonder what it will take for us to wake up, to make wise, informed choices that will provide a safe, clean, healthy environment for all of us. Isn’t that what it means to be responsible citizens and true patriots?

Joyce M. Potter

Fairbanks

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