For example, it will be a cold day in Uganda when the United States Chamber of Commerce adopts any stance in opposition to big oil, no matter what the oil industry may do. In any conflict between promoting business and upholding green policies and values in such an organization, business will win out every time.
At the same time there is a quickly growing interest in running households, families, schools and business with a consistent eye on preserving our environment, and the specialized green chamber will address that.
Just as the British-American Chamber of Commerce promotes British commercial interests in the area, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advances Hispanic interests or the Disabled Chamber advocates businesses run by and for the disabled, you can anticipate that the Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce (LagunaBeachGreenChamberofCommerce.org) will consistently advocate businesses seeking new ways to adopt sustainable business practices and green policies.
There is no conflict between the interests of the Chamber of Commerce and the green chamber. Any notion of competition between the two organizations is based on false assumptions.
Candidate's record at issue
The recent call by [Emanuel] Patrascu to change the "staleness of City Hall" ("Patrascu confirms candidacy," July 9) has me wondering about what exactly he brings to the party.
Our complex city requires seasoned candidates, experienced with community issues and challenges. What exactly has Patrascu done to warrant our considering him as a serious candidate?
SUSAN M. TRAGER