Letters: Time to ban single-use plastics
Oregon needs to ban all polystyrene products
As a Lewis & Clark College student, I am concerned for the future of our environment and urge our state government to take the steps toward greener practices. Our society has a huge issue with single-use plastics that needs to be addressed and action taken.
Nothing we use for 10 minutes should pollute the environment for hundreds of years. Polystyrene, often referred to as Styrofoam, is one of the most detrimental single-use plastics.
Plastic fragments have been found ingested by literally hundreds of species, including 86% of all sea turtles and almost half of all seabird and marine mammal species. Polystyrene is one of the most damaging types of waste impacting our everyday lives and our planet's well-being, yet is still being defended.
Fossil fuel companies and plastic manufacturers are fighting to keep producing these harmful products, but we think these products should be banned, and replaced by versions made from more sustainable materials.
As a college student and resident in the state of Oregon who finds these facts extremely concerning, I believe the Oregon Legislature should take action to ensure the health of people, wildlife and our environment. I support a ban on polystyrene food and beverage containers, and I urge the Oregon Legislature to do so as well.
Light-rail expansion seen as good thing
I could not agree more with the Tribune's Nov. 12 editorial endorsement of the proposed new light-rail line linking Portland and Southeast Washington County, including the decisions of the mayors of Tigard and Tualatin not to shorten the line or narrow the Barbur Boulevard corridor ("Spend enough to get light-rail line right").?
It seems to me that strikes the right balance between the need for more regional mass transit and the continuing reality of individual motor vehicles.
I benefit from living on light-rail lines in downtown Portland, and am confident the entire region will do so with this proposed expansion.
Pacemaker doctor story was well done
I want to compliment the Portland Tribune and reporter Nick Budnick on the Nov. 11 news story about Dr. Emilia Arden and the lawsuit about unnecessary pacemaker surgery. That was a superbly done piece of investigative reporting.
The article revealed a great deal of information of enormous importance to Dr. Arden's patients, colleagues and employers. It also pointed out some very problematic aspects of the relationship between medical device manufacturers and medical care providers, the exploration of which is very much in the public interest.
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