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Barb S., UT

Having been an asthmatic most of my life (I’m now 83-years-old), including experiencing regular bronchitis attacks, I know what clear air means. I know what it means to be able to draw a deep breath outdoors without wheezing or other discomfort.

After a bout with pneumonia seven years ago, I was diagnosis was mild COPD. I have since learned to live with being on oxygen. In spite of what many think, I am still subject to severe problems if I go out when the air is not as good as it should be. I don't know what the answer is, but I am concerned for the future of my great grandchildren as well as their parents and grandparents. We have to take responsibility (seems a dirty word nowadays) and learn to make the needed changes to clear our air for the future.

My asthma is genetic, yet most of the sufferers today are due to poor air, water, and diet. Let us try and wake up people to learn more and work to help make where we live a better, cleaner, place. That does mean using common sense and taking responsibility, and therein lies the problem. Thanks for an opportunity to vent my feelings.

First published: July 13, 2012

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