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June 14, 2007

Re "Keep the home fires burning," Opinion, June 12

Erika Schickel misses the point that the release of pollution through smoke, carbon dioxide and other noxious gases is indefensible. Try living downwind from someone burning. You can't open your windows, turn on your heater (which draws in air from the smoky outside) or sit outside and enjoy your yard. One person's enjoyment of burning will limit your rights to breathe otherwise cleaner air and use your property without becoming smoked out. A selfish, polluting habit is the real issue here. Support clean air, not delusional polluters.

MARIO VOCE

Chairman

Environmental Quality Control Board

Seal Beach

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