A tragic irony: Dr. Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, has fallen victim to the adversary he has valiantly opposed — Wasatch Valley air pollution.

I thank Dr. Moench for his service to our community. As a fellow “member of a sensitive group” — I suffer from cardiomyopathy — I sympathize with him and wish him well.

A lamentable irony: The vast majority of Utah state legislators would never so much as consider smoking a cigarette, but they seldom hesitate to enable the institution or expansion of industries and business enterprises that further pollute our air.

An ongoing irony: Here we are in a state committed to family values, but within which many parents and grandparents evidence little concern for the increasingly unhealthy environment soon to be bequeathed to their children and grandchildren.

A core irony: Here we are in the most religious state in the nation, but a state wherein all too frequently, when money talks, virtue walks.

Andrew G. Bjelland, Salt Lake City