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Reed fossil fuel divestment isn't answer

First, do you really think that Reed College — a small, somewhat unknown liberal arts school — divesting from fossil fuels would have any effect at all on solving “the biggest challenge in human history”? (Reed trustees must divest from fossil fuels, guest column, Aug. 7).

If Reed’s decision had any consequential effect, I would agree that the moral imperative of Reed divesting would probably outweigh the financial considerations. Unfortunately, Reed divesting will change absolutely nothing about the fossil fuel industry’s operations, so this argument seems null.

Second, I think that it is blatantly incorrect to try to frame this issue as apolitical. Any issue that involves power, money and an unclear bundle of facts and assertions is political.

As illustrated above, the effects of divestment are actually pretty unclear or at least up for dispute. I don’t believe that divestment would change anything, but Fossil Free Reed does.

I believe that it is financially sound to remain invested in fossil fuels, but FFR does not. These differences create a political conflict.

Let’s not sidestep around that fact for rhetoric’s sake. It minimizes other political issues and considerations, such as divestment from anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) corporations and is clearly untrue.

Benzell Gogg’n

New York City and recent

Southeast Portland resident

Lloyd ice rink is too small as it is now

As a figure skater some 35 years now, I am very concerned about plans to downsize the Lloyd Center ice surface, which already is almost a quarter smaller than the standard rink (Lloyd Center to get $50 million redo, July 29).

Having competed on a variety of different-size ice surfaces, downsizing the current rink any further would make it impossible for future competitions to take place there. Competitions draw skaters, families and supporters, all who bring their dollars with them to spend at Lloyd Center. As is, the surface size cannot accommodate the current need.

Further downsizing would force the skating school to close as skaters (both current and future) would have to go elsewhere. I advocate for an increase in rink size. I haven’t taken a poll of how many regulars shop at the mall, but I am definitely one of the “5 out of 100” mentioned.

Michael W. Dupré

Southeast Portland

Skate rink does bring money to mall

I skate at Lloyd Center several times a week. The skaters are very concerned about the rink being made any smaller. It already is 23 percent smaller than a standard rink (Lloyd Center to get $50 million redo, July 29)!

For skaters who practice their programs on full-size ice over and over, it is difficult now to come to Lloyd Center and skate on ice that is three-quarters of what they are used to, let alone something even smaller! I am afraid if they reduce it further, it will be the end of the skate school as we know it. The faithful regulars who spend hundreds of dollars each year at the rink alone, not to mention food and other shopping, will be forced to find other options.

I totally disagree with the assertion that “for every 100 who skated, only five shopped.” I have no idea where that came from, but they should do a poll among the regulars rather than just talk to bargain hunters (kids and teens who come to redeem their Groupons)!

Lenka Keith

Wilsonville

We’re doing it wrong? Then forget it

Garbology, really? (Metro talks trash, digs up hard lesson on recycling, July 22).

After nearly 30 years of sorting, I’ve had it. Whatever garbage you pick up, it will have unsorted trash in it. I was trained to rinse and peel, sort and fold. Now I’m told I’m blowing it.

I’m done.

Frances White

Northeast Portland

Walls still keep elephants captive

Regarding your article (Walls go up on zoo elephants’ new home, July 8): This should be a nice upgrade to their prison. I’m sure they will think they are free.

Melissa Austin

Kelso, Wash.