I had to respond to Peter Jensen's vituperative diatribe "Don't Save the Planet" about conservatives supposedly going out of their way to avoid protecting the planet (May 3). Since when did a question limited to specially marked light bulbs measure anyone's environmental consciousness?

Based on our voting record, I guess you could label us conservatives. Like most people I know, we use both tubular and CFL fluorescent bulbs (where practical — show me one that works in freezers, variable intensity lamps, outdoor flood lights, desk lamps that take small bulbs, garage trouble light, etc.). We also recycle: plastic of all kinds, metal, glass, paper, cardboard and judging by the overflowing containers at the recycling location, so do our neighbors. And, as you know, people on the Eastern Shore vote conservative.

But what any conservative or liberal knows or should know is that the term "green" has been hijacked by the marketing arm of many manufacturers anxious to increase market share. They take advantage of unscrupulous shoppers by labeling a prettily packaged product as environmentally this or that (and marking it up in price). But when the specs of that product are found to be identical with its more reasonably priced neighbor, the smart shopper doesn't fall for the false labeling.

I read an article a while back about how much "organic" isn't. It seems as though we don't have enough laws governing such labeling. Unlike your implication that conservatives don't care about the planet, I'm not implying that liberals are gullible. I'd like to maintain a civil dialogue between the two political factions. That's what our planet needs. Apparently you don't care about that. That's sad and doesn't bode well for our planet. It's also telling that The Sun features such a one-sided and defamatory piece.

Kenneth Kent, Cambridge

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