Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dear Editor and Dorchester County Council,
Today was a beautiful day. Lunch on the porch was out of the question because the three neighbors in a row on the street behind me were burning yard debris. These are older subdivisions that have larger lots and lots of trees. This is not a rare occasion but a regular event in our neighborhood.
How is their right to burn leaves more important than my right to breath clean air?
One of these neighbors rakes his leaves. They burn more quickly and it is all over in one day. The other two pick their leaves up with a riding lawn mower. The little pieces of leaves, with some trash included, pack tightly and smolder for two to three days.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We will be having about 15 family members for Easter dinner. When my 12-year-old granddaughter pulls into my driveway she announces to her parents that she smells Summerville. Is this what we want to be known for?
I beg County Council to do the right thing and ban burning yard debris.