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Mailbag: 'Green' definition needs clarity

August 19, 2010

'Green' definition needs clarity

For too long now you have been misleading some of your readers who can't see through the fallacy that solar panels alone make you "green." No sincere, educated person would classify someone powering their inefficient, super-sized home with 170 panels as "green." On the contrary. Green is much deeper and holistic than that. By suggesting that solar panels alone make you green is incredibly naive and borders on greenwashing. Please give us a little more depth and practice responsible journalism by giving us a more accurate headline (e.g., Solar panels vs. Ocean Views) and maybe educate the public in the process. You should avoid indicating something is green unless some authority such as Energy Star, the United States Green Building Council, both of which can certify homes as "green" for example, have certified that something as green. Otherwise you are greenwashing and doing a disservice to the Pilot reading public. Measurable standards for green have been established to avoid exactly the typed of misinformation you are providing as to what green is.

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Jeff Stevens

Newport Beach

On Saturday night my wife, Karen, swooned and collapsed at the Sawdust. Immediately, concerned people gathered. 911 was called in momentarily an EMT crew arrived, gathered her up and whisked her over to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach ER where she was quickly seen to, treated and released after determining a non-life threatening cause of her episode.

I need to thank all the people at Sawdust, especially the anonymous Good Samaritan who draped my wife in a soft warm blanket. The EMT crew that seemed to materialize through horrendous traffic and attended to Karen thoughtfully and quickly. The doctors and ER nursing staff were wonderful. Thank all of you including the lady at CVS pharmacy on Sunday morning for your thoughtful deeds and words. Karen is back to herself again.

Matt Smith

Laguna Beach

As a follow-up to my July 9 letter to the editor "Will faith override health directives?" I am please to report that the answer to that question is, "No."

I attended this week's Mission Hospital Laguna Beach Neighbor Forum and was assured that Do Not Resuscitate and California Advance Health Care Directives will be honored. What a thankful relief.

Niko Theris

Laguna Beach

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