The article about the "green" home in the September/October Distinctly Northwest magazine published by the Mail Tribune appears to be written about the wrong house.

What is the ecological footprint of quarrying and transporting granite? Pennsylvania bluestone? Marble for the three bathrooms? Of all the concrete and water needed for waterfalls, water courts, a lap pool and a hot tub?

Yes, the house has energy-efficient features, but how much more energy-efficient would it be if the two occupants were satisfied with 1,200 square feet instead of a 5,000-square-foot house so large it evokes "a small village"?

They consider this "sustainably built"? Maybe on a planet four times larger. How much smaller would the true ecological footprint have been if they had improved the energy efficiency of the existing small ranch house?

But, that would not have satisfied these self-proclaimed nature lovers. They "wanted something more" — the very attitude that created most of our current environmental problems. To those who truly love nature, their home is neither beautiful nor green. — C. T. Oswald, Medford

It gave me pause to read that Richard Moeschl is retiring from his position as arts and entertainment editor. While I am delighted that he will have more time to pursue his many interests, he will be sorely missed.

As a new resident of Ashland, Richard welcomed me warmly, and through the years, he has been a huge part of OSF's life. His knowledge of and commitment to OSF and the arts throughout the Rogue Valley, and his determination to promote, publicize and participate in all aspects of the artistic community has been invaluable to artists, organizations and the wider community. I know that he will continue his ardent support of the arts, and we will no doubt continue to feel his presence in many ways, but his absence at the Tribune and Tidings will be keenly felt.

Many thanks, Richard, for your dedication and devotion. — Bill Rauch, artistic director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I hope on Nov. 4, 2009, the anniversary of the election of Barack Obama, you commemorate that day with as much coverage as you did on Friday, 9/11, the anniversary of the other major disaster that united rather than divided our country. — Eric Hunt, Medford

While cleaning a headstone at Eastwood Cemetery I found this inscription:

"So well dear heart I know your ways, This clearly brings you to my gaze, Oft think I see you, then you're gone, When fading half-lights blend in one. You'll walk with me, you'll talk to me. And your dear face I'll often see. Tis thus, I through a mist of tears, Will watch for you in coming years. Deceased Dec. 8, 1918."

A unique old cemetery. — Rene Forncrook, Medford

I'm all for it. Our family has gone to quite a few water parks, from Wet and Wild in Phoenix, Ariz., to Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and to Redding Water Park half a dozen times.

I have thought for a long time that our area has needed a water park or a theme park of some kind. If done right, it should attract people from all around. The old Medco property across from the mall wouldn't be a bad location either.

Our favorite rides are the wave pools, water slides on tubes, toilet bowl rides, eight-story-high drop slides and the water coaster rides. I love the idea. — John Wikoff, Medford

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