Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Motorists on I-80 travel through smog near the Great Salt Lake marina in Salt Lake County Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

Putting partisan politics aside, there is a common denominator that we should all be concerned about this legislative session: the condition of our air quality. When we can see our air, when it burns our eyes and our children are not allowed outdoors for recess, it should be a clarion call that we need leaders who have a vision for our state.

What messages have we received from our current governor or last year's Legislature that they take this concern as seriously as needed? When this Legislature meets in January, I expect the Senate and House members, our representatives, to carefully study and take action on the issue of air quality.

Our particulate matter levels are often the worst in the nation. Let's hope our leaders can move us forward to a cleaner and healthier future.

Helene Cuomo

Salt Lake City