On reading of the contribution of "Canadian gold guru" Pierre Lassonde for a new entrepreneurial center at the University of Utah, I reacted with fear and loathing ("Mining magnate emerges as major U. of Utah donor," Tribune, Nov. 5).
I've studied and worked in tropical rainforests my whole life, and the environmental and social devastation of gold mining Lassonde's business in these areas has been up close and personal. This industry has an ugly track record.
On reading more about Lassonde, I was pleased to see that he recognizes that times have changed and that new entrepreneurs cannot be in his mold. In this cynical age, it is important that the U. uphold principles of civic-mindedness and public good.