Let­ter­sto theEdi­tor I, too, sup­port Ideal com­mu­nity Lau­zon/ Harper ... al­most

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Dear Ed­i­tor,

The sug­ges­tion of an­other elec­tion, the forth in five years, is lu­di­crous. We are com­ing out of a deep re­ces­sion— hello!

I con­sider my­self a small “ c” less gov­ern­ment with fis­cal re­straints. Harper has proven that. When he was at the G-8 in Italy this sum­mer, all other leaders wanted to pour more stim­u­lus money into the world econ­omy, and Harper was the only one to say “ no, let’s wait and see how the world econ­omy fairs out from the first round of money.” That’s good enough for me.

Tammy A. Hart, New­ing­ton Dear Ed­i­tor,

Some of us think about the com­mu­nity we live in and won­der if it is the ideal com­mu­nity— the best com­mu­nity— to raise our fam­i­lies and live our daily lives with safety, se­cu­rity, peace of mind, and if it has a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

The ideal com­mu­nity could be an ur­ban set­ting: the ex­cite­ment of the city, mu­se­ums, fine din­ing, shop­ping, and the night life. For oth­ers, it may be smaller com­mu­ni­ties, with quaint book shops, old cob­ble­stone streets, exquisitely crafted churches, and a place where they ac­tu­ally know you by name, not as a num­ber.

But, in many com­mu­ni­ties, small or large, we do not have the safety and se­cu­rity of a healthy en­vi­ron­ment. Many of us live where we are as­saulted by toxic emis­sions of deadly woodsmoke. Usu­ally it is from out­door open burns. It also is from neigh­bours who are us­ing an out­door wood­burn­ing fire­place, fire pit, fire bowl, or chiminea. What we do know is that woodsmoke is de­stroy­ing our qual­ity of life. Deadly par­tic­u­late mat­ter ( PM2.5) finds it way into ours homes and into our lungs, harm­ing all of us.

Ev­ery­thing around us is neg­a­tively af­fected by woodsmoke. Our ideal com­mu­nity has be­come less than ideal. Woodsmoke is deadly and de­struc­tive.

There is only one way to bring about change. That is to ban woodsmoke in ev­ery com­mu­nity across Canada.

We should not ac­cept woodsmoke emis­sions in our com­mu­nity. We should not place our chil­dren in harm’s way. So why do we still per­mit this dan­ger of woodsmoke to take place? Take a stand now! Say, no more woodsmoke! Our lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must adopt a by­law to ban woodsmoke. We must stand up and let our col­lec­tive voices be heard. End woodsmoke from de­stroy­ing our com­mu­nity. The time to act is now, not later, when it will be too late for you and your fam­ily.

Linda Baker Beaudin,

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