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Worrying as my sons head to school, they promise me they won’t run today. One masks his face from the choking smoke with his sweatshirt heading toward the bus. I know they won’t be allowed outside for recess. The air from this wildfire season is too hazardous to play outside.

A Montana Public Radio reporter said on Wednesday, Sept. 6, that this air is “gumming up” air quality monitoring machines and we can’t get accurate record of the air quality. If the air does this to machines, what’s it doing to my kids’ lungs?

A nonprofit raised money for air purifiers so the children in Frenchtown public schools can breathe cleaner air. Since when was protecting our children's lungs something communities had to hold fundraisers for? That’s the role of government, at the local, state and national level.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is proposing to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 30 percent. Why are politicians trying to reduce protections, when now more than ever we need to fight for clean air?

Urge them to fully fund the EPA because we need to do everything we can to protect our kids’ health and give them a future with clean air.

Erika Hickey,

Missoula

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