When I was a child growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, I had to shovel coal into a boiler in the basement of where we lived to heat the house.
I was 5 years old, and I remember, with each shovel full, how much I choked from the coal-dusty air I breathed, and how dirty my clothes quickly became.
I never knew what damage it did to my lungs, but I hate to imagine what allowing coal transport through our waters of Puget Sound will do to our air, our lungs and the ocean.
It will adversely affect us all, especially our children, our elderly, and those with asthma or other forms of lung diseases and heart disease. I urge everyone our beloved state to stop coal from being shipped over water, by train, or trucked, for one obvious reason: it affects us all badly.