Kaeder: Pollution standards are an issue of priorities, basic rights

As a young child Yvonne Kaeder “understood” that ambient air triggered asthma attacks.

The Nevada Conservation League’s Yvonne Kaeder writes in the Las Vegas Sun:

… One of my youngest and most frightening memories as a child was watching my older brother struggle to breathe during an asthma attack. If you have ever witnessed a young child in the throes of an attack, you understand just how terrifying they can be.

We grew up in a town with one landfill and two oil refineries, so asthma attacks were not uncommon. I remember many of my brother’s attacks, but one particular attack stands out in my mind. I remember seeing the fear on my brother’s face as he labored with every breath and identifying the panic register on the faces of my parents as they stood by feeling helpless. I was just a young child, but even then I understood that without clean air, no one can survive for long…

As a parent and as a human being, I would argue that we must do everything we can to protect our air because without it we are nothing…

Oh boy…