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School Buses

November 22, 1998

Driving in the San Fernando Valley on a spectacularly clear afternoon, I passed Birmingham High School at dismissal time. Bus after bus, perhaps a dozen or more, pulled away from the school and emitted massive plumes of dense black smoke that fouled the blue sky and stank up the air inside and outside my car.

To my knowledge, school buses don't have seat belts. They obviously don't have to maintain any emission standards. Do we want our children riding on these dangerous conveyances? Does the Los Angeles Board of Education care?

JUDITH R. BIRNBERG, Sherman Oaks

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