Letters to the Editor

When it comes to bad air quality, Oceano Dunes dust is just ‘half the story’

Oceano Dunes SRVA is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach.
Oceano Dunes SRVA is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The American Lung Association is not happy with the quality of San Luis Obispo County air. And that’s only half the story.

The ALA warns about the dust from the dunes in the South County. What about the exhaust from all those off-road vehicles and the campfire smoke? What about the smoke in the rest of the county?

What about the unnecessary “controlled burns”? Days of smoke for no logical reason.

We seem to have two mind-sets. One is concerned about smoke, as in forest fire; the other likes to create smoke, as in fire pit.

In the event of a forest fire, we are warned: Stay inside, avoid exertion, protect children and the elderly from exposure. In the event of a “created” fire we are told to “enjoy the ambiance.” Inhale the fire pit. Sit our children around campfires.

Blacken the meat, blacken our lungs.

How fooled are we?

M. Power Giacoletti, San Simeon

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