Editor: Senate Bill 719 needs our support. After all, improving the air we breathe here in the Valley is vital to our well-being, and critical to the 36,000 Merced County residents who have been diagnosed with asthma.
This bill would add more members, including two doctors to our local air pollution control board. We need all the help we can get to restore clean air to the Valley.
However, opposition to this common sense change comes from our District 3 supervisor. What in the world was Supervisor Mike Nelson thinking when he said, "I think it's a solution in search of a problem. I don't think adding more people to the board will clean up the air."
The problem, Mr. Nelson, is we live in one of the worst air basins in the United States, and Merced ranks sixth in the nation for ozone pollution. You of all people should know this. As member of the board, it is your responsibility.
Please put politics aside and support adding two physicians with pulmonary expertise to the air pollution control board -- and 246,000 pairs of county residents' lungs will thank you for it.