John Taylor: December 17, 2007
Kudos to the Fresno Bee for its "Fighting for Air" special section on Dec. 16, a look at how little has been accomplished in the five years since the Bee last examined Valley air pollution.
I read the section after my morning hit on the asthma inhaler and a hot shower to unlock my lungs. It made me think of 10 things I intensely dislike when it comes to breathing the poison that was barely there when I came to the Valley in 1981, without asthma.
- That I know so many people in the Bee's stories, talented people who've been forced to flee the Valley.
- Gas-powered leaf blowers (actually, all leaf blowers) and the dust they whirl into my nasal passages.
- Fireplace abusers (the law-breaking stink will worsen when some fools burn their Christmas package wrappings).
- Waking up every morning and coughing and sneezing, and holding my breath as I crack open the door looking for my newspapers.
- Sunsets (how creepy is that? Beauty has become synonymous with pollution).
- Windy days when it doesn't rain.
- Unsynchronized traffic lights (we've got as many of them, it seems, as prison inmates).
- That the Valley is being defined by recycling containers that people don't use, manure pits and gravel mines (check out www.jessemorrowmountain.org and think about contacting the Fresno County Board of Supervisors).
- And lastly, that air pollution has led me to describe the Valley to friends on the East Coast as "worse than LA."
(Here's the link to the Fresno Bee project.... http://www.fresnobee.com/static/2007/flash/airproject/ )