The recent letter to the editor (June 19), "Let's ax the smokestacks," by Allen Witt gave 10 good reasons. I add one more. I ask these preservationists why they want to preserve what is really a monument to ignorance in the years when they were used. I am a retired BYU teacher at BYU Salt Lake Center for Continuing Education. One of my classes was Conservation of Natural Resources. Hundreds of my former students may remember a catchy phrase I used in discussion of air and water pollution. "The best solution to pollution is not dilution." All around the world there were high smokestacks to release the smoke high up in the air so it could be diluted and carried away by the breezes. At the time they were built, we did not know there was really no "away." When the particles of pollution finally came down, they caused acid rain, acidification of lakes, rivers, and damage to fisheries, forests and crops, and contributed to smog and health problems.
From my balcony on the third floor, I can look to the west and see those two big and now useless stacks that now are standing in the way of beneficial development of the area. Nobody I know would say that they are beautiful. They are "clutter." At this time, my wife and I are reconciled the fact that we will not live forever and that somebody will have to throw away a lot of things we accumulated, which are now just "clutter." I must confess that some of them are little monuments to our ignorance and have no sentimental value to anybody except us. We are reducing the clutter ourselves so someone else will not have to do it. The people in Murray are like us. They won't live forever. Those stacks have no value. They are "clutter," and have no sentimental value to most residents.Ted J. Parkinson
Salt Lake County