Letters to the Editor, Dec. 8

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

The invisible thing destroying our health

The problem of evil: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? It’s a question we often ask. Thankfully, the Bible isn’t quiet on the subject.

I heard in the news that in 2018, the city was going to put in an order that if you lived in city housing that smoking was going to be banned. Why don’t our elected officials and the professional doctors tell the truth? Two days after a cold extreme winter snow day, on top of the ice that was formed we find black soot all over the ice and snow, an issue no one is bringing up. Very fine particles, so small that any of them can form a large black dot. And so many of them we are breathing. Can they form cancer? With our weather, this is the only time that you can see them.

They’re on the buildings, streets, windows, cars, clothing and people. We take it in with us daily, to our homes and families. No amount of washing can save us. It’s in our eyes, ears, hair, lungs and we know we’re breathing it up, daily, every moment. Because we can’t smell it doesn’t mean that we’re not harmed by it. Impurities, organisms, infections accumulated in our body system generates extreme suffering later in life, and the second-hand smokers as they say. The smokers have their problems but to say that second-hand smoke is the source of our cancers and other people’s (non-smokers’) health problems is a lie.

When there is no rain for weeks, look at our buildings, streets, windows; this should tell you something. But then the rain comes, washing away the black soot again. We all know the problem but who will stand up and ask our country’s professionals what’s in this gas that we are contaminating others with and are burning in our cars and trucks? And for the young people that are riding Citibank bikes in the streets all over the city with no protection from the soot in the air? We are supposed to help this new generation, not put them in hospitals later on in life. So here it goes: “If you see something, say something.”

Rufus T. McPherson, ST

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