I know there are people attached to their right to own a gun, and maybe I am as fond of my right to have a fire. Because our house is older, we still have an old-fashioned fireplace. We don't have a fire often. I am careful with my choice and choose a rainy night. We didn't even have our traditional Thanksgiving fire because it didn't feel cold enough. The afternoon sun pours into our living room and leaves quite a round of heat.
I feel concern that my right to have a fire in my fireplace may be banned. I consider myself intelligent enough to choose when it is appropriate to have a fire. I won't be out driving that night or consuming. I'll be looking at the waves in the fire,
Because there are so many of us on the planet, we need a lot of "rules." Rules are replacing common sense. I find that sad. There are no rules against Hummers, and certainly that is more of a pollutant than my five or six fires a year, and I am aware that I am stuck in my own desire and love of the serenity and rejuvenation found in watching a fire.
I also get enjoyment from a candle flame, though, those will probably be banned too.
It is a funny world in which we live, and again, I offer a vote for common sense. How about if each time I don't upgrade my cell phone or buy the latest iPod, I get to have one nightly fire? Certainly that would be an equal trade as to pollutants and my carbon footprint. I could use no lights the night of my fire, and wear clothes another day. How about a trade?
I really can't imagine a life in which my grandchildren will never see a burning fire, other than wildfires on TV, with even wilder exclamations by lacquered anchorpeople, on fear.
That is sad to me.