Gasping in vain
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Bills before this year's Utah Legislature include speed zones, bullying, school boards, seat belts, tuition waivers, organ donation, clock resetting — all important, but our governor and legislators have missed the big boat.

As thousands are literally gasping for air, our elected officials fail to address critical legislation for a clean-air policy that would have the most effect on the greatest number of citizens.

I foolishly thought we elected officials to take on the big issues that would have lasting, positive effect on us.

But for 35 years, another big issue — public education — has received only a Band Aid approach. So why would I ever think that something of the magnitude of clean air would inspire passage of meaningful legislation?

Rosemary Baron

Salt Lake City