I thought I had asthma. It was horrible back in the days when Washington, DC was nothing but a swill of diesel fuel, and Hamilton, Ontario is practically a death sentence. I have issues here from time to time, but it is usually because I am behind a vehicle billowing dark, nasty clouds. Never in my life, though, have I noticed the slightest change in my ability to breathe in my many trips down to Skyland.

I just tell you that so you can put a face on the problem. The fact of the matter is the Mayor of Asheville is being asked to sign a document declaring sulfur dioxide emissions from the Lake Julian power plant unsafe. This is just the latest excuse to squeeze Duke Power out of business so reliable, affordable home heating can become a lifestyle of the rich and famous.