In a recent Deseret News article that dealt with painting the mountains with school initials (Sept. 25), I came across as a strident crusader determined to eradicate all lettering from the mountainsides.

Actually, I am on no such crusade. It is my personal opinion that the mountains would look better without giant letters painted on them, and, as indicated in the article, I have suggested to various high school student council officers that they try to identify more environmentally benign ways to exhibit school pride. But I am certainly not pursuing a public policy agenda to force their removal.Obviously, what appears to one person as unsightly may appear to someone else as an acceptable component of the urban landscape. Believe me, I'm the last person to want to legislate taste. Too many of my own sport coats would be vulnerable.

Jim Bradley, chairman

Salt Lake County Commission