In the Sunday Homes section, I thought it was great irony in this record-breaking hot summer to see featured in the "5 gadgets for summer living" a photo of the Third Rock fire pit. It's a large steel globe with the continents cut out. With the wood burning inside, flames are shooting out of North America and Greenland.
Elsewhere in the newspaper was an article about a huge chunk of ice breaking off of Greenland, presumably caused by global warming. It would be hard for us to give up driving to work or heating and cooling our homes, but back-yard fire pits are a source of greenhouse gases that we could eliminate with no real pain.
A side benefit would be greatly improved suburban air quality, so that neighbors could turn off their air conditioners at night, open their windows to cool their homes and allow our coal-burning power plants to take a break. Let's encourage our city governments to take a stand and limit or eliminate entirely back-yard burning.
STEVE BROSTE, CHAMPLIN