Letters to the Editor

Was wood-burning rant aimed at one neighbour?

To the editor:

Is the person who wrote this self-centred rant really concerned about his own neighbours? Or is he simply venting his own rage on a particular one?

I would rather have the sweet smell of wood smoke on the breeze than the poisonous, cancer-causing pollution of automobile exhaust which surrounds us all.

Did he consult with his neighbours before purchasing his last vehicle? Perhaps he is just a salesman for a fossil fuel company? I’m sure if he did any actual research of the numbers of humans killed by woodsmoke and those killed by automobile exhaust he would have found no basis in fact for his selfish tirade.

And what was the logic behind the swamps and mosquitos?

I am fortunate enough to enjoy a lifestyle which allows me a great deal of time spent fishing on Okanagan Lake and there are very few days where a dirty orange cloud does not hang over Kelowna.

Do we stop open-air burning of slash to protect against wildfires?

I do not use a woodstove myself but that is no reason to vilify those of my neighbours who do. It is also a fine way to use up the glut of beetle-killed pine created by global warming. I do know a lot of families who work very hard to supply themselves with heat this way, and not one of them has ever burned rubber boots in their stoves. Personally, I have burned dirty, worn-out socks in outdoor fires and found they burned quickly without any odor. Of course, the writer or his neighbours might have a more malodorous pair than any of my hiking or fishing socks. How unfortunate for him.

I hope his neighbours give him all the consideration his opinions deserve. I’m sure they know him much better than I do.

Doug Maves,



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