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January 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

An Obama presidency

Pete Souza / White House via Getty Images

President Barack Obama talks with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office of the White House Jan. 21, the first complete day of Obama’s administration.

Invest the green, produce the green

Editor, The Times:

Obama’s inaugural address had a powerful message: “We will harness the sun and the wind and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”

These are potent and inspiring words, but in reality, most polluters will not stop polluting without motivation. We must insist on real, effective solutions to put President Obama’s words into action.

Proactive companies, such as Tom’s of Maine, power their production with clean, renewable energy. In the case of Tom’s of Maine, 100 percent of the energy running their factory is harnessed wind power. While this switch was voluntarily, not all industries that pollute are ready to take such radical action or responsibility for their contribution to global warming.

“Cap-and-invest” is the most responsible and effective policy I have seen put forth. It caps pollution levels and generates revenue, which is then channeled into the creation of green-collar jobs. As one of the 11 million-plus unemployed in this country, I certainly welcome this solution.

Let’s forward a modified version of Obama’s powerful message to our political leaders here in Washington state: We are ready to harness and power a greener world through cap-and-invest!

— Randi Gladwell, Seattle

Too much coverage

Sixteen-page-plus coverage of the inauguration? Four poster-size pictures of Obama? What did you expect us to do with these? Frame them and hang them in our living rooms?

How about showing a little restraint in your coverage of this man? Your over-the-top reporting on a Chicago politician’s rise to power is bordering manic, to say the least.

— Dee Hilt, Bremerton

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