In the letter "Air pollution," Oct. 27, the statement that "I sympathize with those who have breathing problems, but the rest of us cannot stop living because of them," is extremely callous. Is he suggesting that those with breathing problems should stop living because of his right to use an outdated wood-burning fireplace? Or is the need to roast marshmallows over a backyard fire pit more important than the right of a neighbor to work in his garden while breathing fresh air?
We put away nuts on an airplane for someone with a severe food allergy. We accommodate the disabled because we are able to show compassion for those who have extra challenges. If we could find a way to live in an isolated bubble where our actions don't affect others, then we could choose to live according to the author's attitude. But we don't. We breathe the same air, drink the same water, and everyone doing their share, regardless of the sacrifice, is the only way we'll solve these problems.
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