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October 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Green economy

Start the movement

It is time to look at what is happening in our country and begin the vital search for better energy sources and along with this kind of new industry the kind of jobs that fulfill that goal [“Study forecasts 4 million ‘green’ jobs,” Business/Technology, Oct. 2].

Many of the jobs we have today do not support our environment and instead leave more waste and byproducts. We can do better and begin that path toward a better life.

Green jobs are just what we need to help us get out of this economic slump. It is certainly not the only answer, but it is a big part of a multi-solution recovery process.

Our planet’s survival depends on leadership from the most powerful nation in the world — the United States of America.

— Astha Tada, Seattle

Calling all visionaries

Financial crisis, global warming, low employment, pollution, dependence on foreign countries and national debt are a sampling of problems that we are handing to the youth of America. But most of our problems can be solved if we turn to our pioneering roots. A clean-energy economy based on 100 percent renewable sources like wind, wave and solar power will create millions of new green jobs, eliminate our dependence on coal and oil and show the rest of the world that Americans still have the pioneering spirit.

Our proud heritage is muddied now by our leaders’ inability to see beyond the status quo, but we have never let this stop us in the past. America was founded by visionaries who saw the problems and stopped at nothing to fix them..

America is at a crossroads and we are ready for bold action.

— Caron LeMay, Kirkland

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