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Wildfires are political?

2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year on several fronts. For me, it has seemed EVERYTHING that has happened has been politicized. From the virus to racial relations, and now wildfires.

The fact that our elected officials do not appear to be able to come together to solve problems anymore is quite apparent. It’s more about the political parties digging in heels because they want to be “right.” In the meantime, here we sit, unable to get outside without potential harm to our bodies and possibly even our lifespans!

I understand (and as the article pointed out) “Fire and fuels management are even more important now that we’re living under rapid climate change. Certainly, they’re not mutually exclusive.” So that begs the question “Why can’t we concentrate on BOTH?” Certainly, managing dead and diseased forests would be something that could be done more immediately to help decrease smoke from fires.

If one looks at all the “goals” of the climate change work, positive outcomes from those actions will not be seen as rapidly taking years, likely even decades. That does not mean it shouldn’t be worked on, but also doesn’t make sense NOT to consider proper forest management which would likely show more immediate and beneficial results. It seems most would think this is basic common sense.

It’s time our elected officials stop bickering and digging in heels, and start to work together on matters that are affecting the health of the people they represent.

Cheryl Henley



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