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January 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Asthma sufferers go green

Leave the kids alone

While asthma sufferers are forced to go “green,” the corporate polluters that are a major cause of the asthma epidemic are free to continue to cause sickness, environmental degradation and climate change [“Asthma sufferers must go ‘green’ on inhalers this week,” News, Dec. 28].

Perhaps some of the billions of dollars that U.S. automakers received from the public trough should go to the 6.8 million children who have asthma so that they too can buy pollution rights and continue to use their lifesaving resuscitators, which cause as little as .5 percent of all ozone depletion.

This would be especially just since many of the children whose families will not be able to afford the new “green” inhaler, which costs twice as much as the older device, live near freeways and other highly polluted areas.

Reducing ozone depletion is a very commendable endeavor, but let’s not do it on the backs of the victims of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has failed to do its job and has instead opted to protect the profit margins of major polluters.

— Suzanne Oelke, Seattle

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