Our air quality, or the lack thereof, continues to dominate the headlines. I would urge our elected representatives to use deliberation and foresight, rather than emotion, as they discuss ways of dealing with this topic. Our area is very unique as far as our topography is concerned, and inversions are just a fact of life.

We know that our air is certainly better than it was 20 or 30 years ago, probably due in large part to vehicle emissions testing procedures.

We cannot change the weather patterns this time of year or any time of year, for that matter. Areas in southern Germany experience regular inversions much the same as we do. That country has a vast network of mass transit options to go along with gas prices double to triple what we currently pay, which discourage vehicle use to some extent.

Ben B. Booth