I'm writing about people using leaf blowers when the air quality is already poor. On the afternoon of Dec. 31, as I walked along P Street toward Fremont Park, I saw two men operating leaf blowers at full throttle in the next block. Although it was a clear day, the sunlight was obscured by the cloud of dust and leaves that billowed in their wake. The day's air quality was at an unhealthy level, yet we permit gasoline-burning leaf blowers to exacerbate the problem with emissions and dust clouds. In the midst of a drought, on a day with air quality problems, why do we let them fog the air with clouds of dust? Leaves can be raked instead. We're letting habit and convenience trump health and quality-of-life concerns. This is indefensible.
-- Howard Weaver, Sacramento