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Blows for Health


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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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