Letter to the Editor: It’s our duty to protect our environment
Creating dust storms every night on our local roads is almost criminal. Clearing our roads from snow is a mandatory gift, as we all know, but ominous, oppressive, offensive dust filling our air we can do without. More and more health-conscious local people complain of sinus infections, post nasal drip, headaches.Snow is a gift from above. Ski resorts call it “white gold.” Workers pray for it so they can work to feed their families. Snow-fighters and chain-monkeys the same. These days my prayers have been for “pure rain” to clear away the dirt from our roads, gardens, homes, landscapes, cars and air; for pure rain to water the Earth, her trees, grasslands, lakes, rivers and streams; for pure rain to allow people, children, animals and plants to breathe freely again.Perhaps the sky is apprehensive to snow for fear of dirt filling the air in return. At the stoplight off Deerfield Road recently, a pedestrian got pummeled by the street-sweeper while waiting at a bus stop. People now wear masks on their walks in order to breathe. Perennial Nursery created a glorious landscape at the new Recreation Center roundabout a few years back only to have it nearly obliterated by road dirt. Ughh!It would be a miracle if Caltrans could find a way to use clean sand mixed with salt for our Sierra Mountain roads rather than plain dirt. Just as the Lorax speaks for the Truffla trees (as I once spoke for the trees and water in Shirley Canyon and beautiful Squaw Valley Meadow) I feel it’s my/our duty to speak out for the all water in our watershed, the trees and the air we breath.It is our duty to love and protect all of Earth for our children’s children. What do you think?Lisa SproehnleTruckee
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