Our Culture's Priorities Are Twisted

RECEIVED Fri., July 28, 2006

Dear Editor,
    I am not a smoker, and I completely agree with Michael Ventura's "Got a Light?" column [“Letters @ 3am,” July 21]. We live in a culture where our priorities about what we fear are twisted. For example, he mentions auto fumes as being as dangerous as secondhand smoke. Also, about 48,000 Americans are killed each year by our favorite form of transportation, the automobile. This exceeds, by far, rail or other modes of public transportation currently in use here and around the world. We are more afraid of terrorists who kill and maim far less of us than the very car we sit in each day!
    Oh well, we must get to work, and we certainly wouldn't want to be driven by someone else, even if statistically that would be safer. By the way, air pollution kills about 3 million annually. Life and death: What are we afraid of?
Paul Habib
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