Not social justice per se
Letter to the editor
Ban open fires right now
All through Johnsonville, Tawa and Kapiti tonight, the air is totally unfit to breathe. It is a still, cold night, and
some people think nothing of polluting their neighbourhoods with toxic wood smoke. Tonight there is a visible
pall of death lurking under every street light.
I salute all those in the region heating their homes with gas or electricity, or by wearing an extra layer, for their
consideration, care, kindness and neighbourliness. But I curse those heating their homes by burning wood.
If people filled their neighbours’ water supply with similar poisons, they’d be rightfully jailed but for some reason
poisoning the air is OK. Why?
I don’t understand why they’re not charged with common assault. It certainly causes me and everyone else in
the area harm. Can anyone in authority assure us that Tuesday night’s air was safe to breathe without lying
through their teeth? I call on all forms of government to ban the insidious poisoners that are wood stoves,
pot bellies and open fires in super quick time, before we are poisoned once again. I, for one, am wishing for
an early return of the gales that October brings.