To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: Letter to the Tribune 1/7/14: Air pollution discouraging tourism, business
The following editorial sums things up nicely. Why are you blaming geography rather than problem solving? We need progress, not, quite literally, stagnation.
What’s happened to Utah? We annually bring our family here from California for a weeklong skiing vacation, and we are appalled at the air quality here. When we descended down the canyon from Solitude, we saw a putrid, gray layer of polluted air.
How can there be such blatant disregard for the welfare of the citizens and visitors? We come here to be outside, experience nature, and enjoy the snow, all of which are ruined by the fact that we can barely breathe here. Legislation that allows such pollution is unconscionable.
If the current Utah legislators are not voting to better regulate emissions here, this is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. How can our party be effective, if we are seen as people who poison our own children?
Should we take our tourism dollars to Colorado?
Eric and Nina Altschuler
Redondo Beach, Calif.