With all the talk of division in our country, I believe clean air is something that we can all rally around. After all, who would vote to damage their own bodies, the future health of their progeny, or the beautiful vistas this state treasures?

Assurances of a better life for our offspring is what many, if not most, who think seriously about their time on this planet quest for. Our future should not be a partisan issue.

In a democratic republic such as ours, we should value and implement our voting franchise. Even that is not enough, however. If we wish to reap the harvest of “the world’s greatest economy,” it is our express responsibility, as well as our right, to dig deeper — to research candidates and issues in order to be an informed voter.

Choosing a candidate by appearance, gender, party, habit or incumbency alone is irresponsible. Examine closely how candidates are working (or not) for clean air and a sustainable atmosphere.

I urge you to consider a vote for Utah’s future. Vote for clean energy. Vote for alternative transportation. Vote for nonpolluting infrastructure and limiting sprawl. Vote for bikes and walking and compact development. Vote in November for safe routes to school and no-idling zones. Vote for climate science and communication. Vote for fair pricing on energy and a carbon fee. Vote for local and regional rail service. Vote for health. Vote for children. Vote for our planet.

Paul Rogers, Logan