Letter: Silvis burn ban: Just say no to nanny-state dictates


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Posted Online: Nov. 01, 2012, 2:25 pm
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Silvis voters will have the chance to voice their opinion on open burning. Proponents of a total burn ban try to make it sound like there is a constant smoke cloud hanging over our town all season long as folks burn their leaves.

I've lived here for years and I rarely see more than an occasional plume of light smoke rising into the air from one of these leaf fires. I think the concerns are greatly over-exaggerated by some folks who see an opportunity to impose more unneeded regulation over our lives. I tend to mulch my leaves most of the time but, with many trees, they just get too deep for the mower at which time I blow them into a pile and the wife burns them, as do my neighbors. Nobody has died from it. My air is just fine and nobody in my neighborhood is complaining.

They say a burn ban will cost us $20,000 more a year which means it will probably be more like $40,000 given government's notorious propensity for underestimating costs.

But, giving them the benefit of the doubt, even $20,000 is too much to spend to solve a problem that for all practical purposes does not exist.
Silvis already has a perfectly adequate burn policy that uses basic common sense where it is only allowed on days where weather conditions permit.

When you vote, consider whether you are regulated and taxed too much already.

Enough is enough!

Draw a line and just say NO to yet another nanny state dictate that tells you how you must live your life.

Carl Burney
Silvis



















 




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