Responding to Diane Woody's suggestion that fireplaces be summarily outlawed [letter Jan. 6], I would wholeheartedly agree -- on one condition. Let's also outlaw the far greater cause of pollution, the automobile.
Surely if she deems fireplaces to be inefficient, Ms. Woody would agree that transporting one 170-pound human in a 3,000-pound vehicle is the very definition of inefficiency.
Think, too, of the obesity which would be eliminated with everyone being forced to get themselves from place to place on foot or bicycle. I speak as a non-driver. Can't do it? Then let the fireplaces alone.