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Everyone deserves to breathe fresh air in Massena


To The Editor:

While reading an article in today’s Daily Courier Observer about the village board reexamining fire pits, I was saddened to read that our mayor of Massena has reverted to childhood and is calling people names. I’m sure he would rather be politically correct and use the phrase ‘mature woman’.

Yes, I have been trying to put the fire pits out of order and anyone with a breathing problem should join me. In the village, the homes are very close together; and with trees around them, smoke cannot go directly up; but instead, goes outward. Even with closed windows and doors, it seeps into every little nook and cranny in the house. We, who have breathing problems, end up using inhalers and sitting in front of a fan to get enough moving air to stop gasping.

If you had ever seen a child gasping for breath like I have, you’d be fighting, too. My grandson had Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and was in the ICU, where I sat with him for hours at a time watching him try to take a breath. That’s one of the most horrendous times because you’re completely helpless; there’s nothing you can do to relieve the gasping. So, yes, I will fight against the smoke just so no one else has to experience that helplessness.

I certainly am not against anyone having a barbeque. That lasts a very short time and is then extinguished. Recreational fires usually are started in the early evening and lasts for hours. In some cases, (and I’ve seen this for myself) these fires are not only fed with wood, but recyclable cardboard. That is very harmful.

Mr. Hidy: You are an elected official and should NOT go out of your way to find loopholes to help people break the law. I’m sure that is not in your job description!

As it stands right now, recreational fires in the village of Massena are illegal. Let’s leave it that way and let everyone breathe a little easier.

So, yes, Mayor Hidy, this ‘old lady’ will fight to her last breath for those who cannot and even for those who are afraid to speak out, stand up and fight for themselves. How about fighting with me instead of against me? Everyone, even you, deserves to breathe fresh air.

Ruth Elmer

Village Resident

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