My view: Mixed messages about air quality

By Ingrid Griffee

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Finally, although all of us regular citizens are supposed to be leaving our polluting cars at home, the Utah Department of Transportation has just proposed a new freeway called the West Davis Corridor, that runs within a couple hundred yards of the Farmington Bay Wildlife Management area. If the state really hopes we will all leave our smoggy cars at home, what are the new freeways for?

These messages are about as murky as the view was throughout most of January. It is time to stop leading with the motto: Do as I say, not as I do.

For the health of Utah families, it is time for lawmakers to embrace a coherent plan, to pass proposed air quality legislation this session and demonstrate to the citizens that they can walk the walk better than they can talk the talk. I really want to do my part — but our leadership is lost in the smog.

Ingrid Griffee is a mother of four and a concerned citizen.

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