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Craigslist tips misleading

by: Sarah Toor, Officer Jim DeFrain looks over stolen goods that were being sold through the Web site Craigslist.org. Law enforcement officials advise buyers to be wary of sellers who accept only cash or want to meet in a public place, but one reader says these are common-sense practices of legal sellers, too.

I have sold numerous items on Craigslist (Crimeslist, Nov. 27). Your list of law enforcement warning flags is often contradictory to Craigslist scam warnings and common sense.

Accepting cash only is the closest guarantee (with the exception of counterfeit bills) of not being cheated on payment. This is a standard practice with Craigslist.

As a single woman, I far prefer to meet potential buyers in a public place when possible. I don't want strangers entering my home or knowing where I live.

Items selling on Craigslist often are below market value. That's why I sell them there: just to get rid of stuff and get some money rather than adding to the landfill or spending time and energy with eBay.

These factors do not mean I am selling 'hot' merchandise; they mean I am being a savvy seller and a smart woman.

I hope your suggestions do not ruin the usually easy and safe experience of using Craigslist.

Liz Halperin

Southeast Portland

Plan is win-win for ratepayers, Polaris

Polaris Renewable Energy (Talks persist on waster power, Nov. 30) remains committed to Portland ratepayers to provide a cost-effective biosolids management option that also will generate substantial renewable energy and economic development opportunities to the city.

We appreciate Commissioner Sam Adams'continued interest and responsible approach in considering the Polaris option.

The staff of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services and Polaris have been meeting on an ongoing basis to clarify and resolve any misunderstandings.

Using a framework and cost figures provided by the BES, Polaris does indeed show a substantial net present value savings to the ratepayer over the project life.

It is important for Portland Tribune readers to understand that Polaris submitted documented, highly sourced responses to every issue raised in the initial BES staff review and the BES-hired consultant's comments.

In addition, ECONorthwest, a highly respected economic analysis firm that has previously worked for the city of Portland, specifically reviewed the Polaris Energy project and concluded there are significant economic development and job creation benefits for the city and the state.

These documents - although requested by and provided to the Tribune - were surprisingly never mentioned in either this article or the last article published some months ago.

Change is difficult for any organization to embrace. However, when thorough due diligence is completed and objectively quantified - and individual biases are set aside - responsible decisions follow.

In this case, change can be beneficial for Portland's ratepayers, as well as through job creation and renewable energy generation.

Christian Frison

Polaris Renewable Energy

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