Excessive air pollution is, of course, undesirable. However, as Dr. Brian Moench has said ("Wood burning pollutes more than cars," Oct. 22), Salt Lake City and several other cities in Utah are in literal bowls surrounded by mountains; complete resolution of air quality problems is next to impossible. The problem with Moench, and others like him, is that they want to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Perhaps what should be done is, during a temperature inversion, to move everyone somewhere else until a storm arrives to clean the air. We could hold our breaths; we could ban cigarette smoking; cars could be outlawed and no jet airplanes would be allowed to take off.

I sympathize with those who have breathing problems, but the rest of us cannot stop living because of them. I would hope that the medical treatments available would take care of at least most of the serious problems because what Moench and others like him would like to do is radically change our way of life.

It is fine to suggest using public transportation and carpooling, but to impose legal action to change our way of life would be criminal. Air pollution is a fact of life, especially during a temperature inversion. Somehow we need to live with it the best way we can.

Russell Bender