Despite criticism, my annual fall rants seem to be aligned with the zeitgeist. While Multnomah hasn't put any more teeth in its emissions laws, it has begun a public service announcement campaign to remind citizens that their fireplace emissions are harming their own children (indoors) and the children of others (outdoors). It is time to realize your fireplace should be converted to gas or be turned into an attractive flower nook. I believe I noticed less barbeque smoke this summer and that may be because peer pressure is kicking in and people are saying to their neighbors, "Hey, would you mind not poisoning me?" The 1950s are gone, TG, and we have to stop living like we're in an episode of Mad Men.