Pollution do-nothings

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Re "Call it 'haze,' 'gunk' or 'smog,' Utahns agree it's all nasty" (Tribune, Jan. 10):

Every January, Utahns are outraged about our pollution and demand that something be done. Amazingly, the majority of complainers are the majority of citizens who re-elected our do-nothing Republican leaders.

Nevertheless, in response to the outcry, our elected leaders talk a good talk about doing something, but by the time they're voting on bills in the Legislature in March, the worst of the inversion is a dimming memory and they can ignore what needs to be done: Pass California-style pollution controls on industry and automobiles.

It's a darn shame our Legislature doesn't meet during all of January and early February. Then, in the midst of public outrage, something might be done.

As "they" say about the weather, so, too, about pollution in Utah: Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it.

Bryan D. Thomas

Salt Lake City