Letters to the Editor

'All in this together'

The poor air quality in the Valley is a health risk to all of us. The recent New England Journal of Medicine report and Barbara Anderson's article Feb. 7 discuss the increased risk of cardiac events in older women due to fine particulate air pollution.

It is important to know that the Women's Health Initiative only studied post-menopausal women. It is reasonable to extrapolate the findings to people who were not included in the study, but who live in our Valley and breathe our Valley air.

Because we're all in this together, we all need to minimize our risk factors by not smoking, keeping fit, eating smart and minimizing our contribution to poor air quality. Drive less, keep your car tuned up, don't burn wood. Finally, our Valley leaders need the vision to balance short-term economics with long-term consequences.

John Gasman