Letter to the Editor

Air quality cause for concern in Visalia

Dear Editor,

Visalia comes in 1st and 2nd.  Much credit goes to Visalia Planning Commission, and Visalia City council.  Visalia followed Bakersfield as the worst city for particulate pollution for 5 years in a row.  Not to be undone, Visalia was able to beat out Bakersfield and Fresno for the worst ozone pollution in the United States.  Now if you have health problems, the American Lung Association can show you why in their recent “State of the Air” report.  We  should be asking what is our city and our county doing about this.  Have they launched a regulatory approach to reduce pollution?  And while asking that question, one has to ask the next..Why are we becoming the hub for increased diesel fueled traffic and Visalia the “hub” for obscenely huge warehouses.  Even the Amazon project in Visalia Industrial Park will look small after the newly approved 1.2 million sq foot warehouse is finished.  Perhaps, we need to review Kennedy’s quote again:  “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,”  I say this because, our city and county leadership seems remiss in this area and our population too docile to object to the increased health and traffic problems.

Bill Osak  
Visalia Resident

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