I'm new to Utah, about nine months, and I am dismayed and shocked to see the lack of caring Utahns display. The Standard-Examiner ran a front page article explaining that the worst day for pollution is July 4, and fireworks are a strong contributor, but we have fireworks anyway. Now into August I recently saw an advertisement for a fireworks show coming up this weekend [Roy Days fireworks]. Everywhere I looked I saw a tent selling fireworks. I listened to fireworks before and days after the Fourth.

This is going to sound simplistic, but our lungs are like filters. So what do you think happens every time you breathe?

Aside from all of this, when I drive down the street I see people of all ages on motorcycles without helmets, men and women. I don't know if there's a helmet law in Utah. If not, there should be, and if there is, no one pays any attention to it. This sets a very bad example for our young people. Utahns have a serious problem. 

Why are they putting their health on the back burner?

Don't leave this for someone else to take care of.

-- Ellen Powers, North Ogden

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