In recent weeks, I heard people complain about bad air and oxygen deprivation during the Beaver Creek Fire. The air was bad. I too suffered the effects.
But I wish people would complain more about the bad air that the Idaho Transportation Department is inviting with more cars and increased car-exhaust pollution. And smart people should complain more about poisoned air and water and groundwater resulting from the chemicals that we spray everywhere, including on trees to kill bugs that are the result of artificially suppressing fires in the forests in the last decade.
Instead of whining about smoky air, let’s thank the firefighters for saving our butts. Firefighters went into the thick of the fires with barely a bandanna for a breathing filter. They saved our homes, our places of business, our cities, and our livelihoods. They saved our lives.
Let’s be grateful for what we have, including our wonderful clean air most of the time, and complain more about our manmade causes of bad air.