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Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 12:00 am

Letter to the Editor

Dec. 19, 2012

To the editor:

I looked out the window at lunchtime Monday and saw two suns peering through the ice fog. While uploading photos of this, I thought about why we have such fabulous sunrises and sunsets here. The longer I looked at the color version of my photo, the more it looked like a bad nicotine stain.

I have pretty much stayed inside because of the cold and the unhealthy air. I run an air cleaner constantly, but my house and clothes smell like a dirty ashtray. I have a headache and am nauseated. Some really bad days, my chest aches when I breathe. I quit smoking 20 years ago, but I remember what two packs per day felt like, and this is it.

The dramatic displays of color in our sky have a lot to do with pollution. This is not rocket science. Breathing this air is bad for our lives. Every piece of wood put into the fire — dry, green or pelleted — adds to the soup we are sucking into our lungs.

When we have an inversion, we all must do everything we can to keep our air healthy. There are people in Fairbanks who have no alternative but to heat with wood. There also are many who have choices. Common sense should tell you that when the air is unhealthy, you should revert to oil if you are able. Please.

The government shouldn’t have to tell us how to heat our homes, but it is obvious there are many people too selfish and/or ignorant to realize there are some things we all have to share. The air we breathe is one of those things.

Dawn Andrews


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