Blows for Health

It was interesting to read that Councilmember Gregg Hart wants to spend city funds to promote good health.

Let’s hope he understands that he could take a much more effective step for health — and raise money, not spend it — by working to enforce the city’s gas leaf-blower ban.

These machines — widely used despite being banned for the past 16 years — are not only a noisy nuisance but also, as the EPA has noted, are a significant source of air pollution, contributing to heart and lung disease. Health promotion is a nice goal, but let’s take the easy steps first and use the laws we already have before starting pricey new crusades.

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