Letter for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

• Wood-burning fireplace smokes out neighbors

Wood-burning fireplace smokes out neighbors

We have been smoked out of our house for many years! The county council doesn’t help. The health department doesn’t help and neither does the state of Hawaii.

It is ridiculous to have a wood-burning fireplace in neighborhoods where the houses are so close together. We can’t breathe fresh air on our own property, yet the people that live next door can burn their fireplace without any regards to us or our neighbors health.

There are a lot of us that have asthma or other respiratory ailments and can’t afford to move because some people just don’t give a rip about people around them and it appears our state doesn’t care either!

I realize it is cold right now, but what about pants,sweatshirts, and socks? Instead, we had to buy an air conditioner and a $1,500 air purifier and keep our doors and windows shut. This does not seem fair to me plus we also have to go to the doctor’s office for inhalers.

It is a known fact that smoke is a carcinogen, so why does Hawaii allow this? We have already had two of our pets die from cancer and our friend die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is ridiculous and we have lived here for over 40 years.

If you live on acres of land and want to put a wood-burning fireplace in your house, go ahead it will only affect you. But if you live 10 yards from people, that is not right.

It seems that wood-burning fireplaces take priority over young children whose brains are developing, people with asthma, people that have other respiratory problems.

I just don’t understand how Kauai, who was first in Hawaii to quit using plastic bags due to our environment. won’t protect the air that we breathe. Also in our neighborhood it doesn’t only happen when it’s cold outside.

Lori Abbey-MacDonald, Kapaa

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