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Fashion brightness saves lives

by: L.E. BASKOW, Sharon White, the city’s traffic-safety program specialist, sports a bright red jacket and light-colored slacks as she makes her way again along the crosswalk at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Main Street during an enforcement detail with the Portland Police.

Hooray for Sharon White, the city's traffic-safety program specialist (Inattentive drivers make for cross walkers, Dec. 11).

In your picture of her, she sports a bright red jacket and light-colored slacks. Hopefully she - and I - are setting a new fashion trend for Portland's pedestrians. I wear a red jacket, a bone-colored one or multi-colored jacket, and never cease to be amazed at the herds of pedestrians downtown who wear black from head to toe. I think if a pedestrian or bicyclist wears black - especially at night - there needs to be some legal responsibility on their part if they get hit.

Marian Drake

Northeast Portland

Crusader for crosswalking

The Portland Office of Transportation's crosswalk enforcement program is a great one, but it's impact is minimal (Inattentive drivers make for cross walkers, Dec. 11).

I've got another idea. I'm a pedestrian crusader - not as a walker, but as a driver. I like the connection made with the stranger on the corner, and my favorite is the little wave of appreciation I often receive.

For me, it's a way to bring back a little civility in these stressful times. I've noticed how often the driver going the other direction stops once they see my stopped car and the pedestrian. I hope that they too will catch the bug and keep an eye out for those who are taking on one of the biggest challenges of our busy streets by simply trying to get to the other side. I figure it's worth a try.

Kate Mytron

Southeast Portland

Protect our crosswalkers

Thank you to this brave woman who risks her life to catch the careless, the rude, the lawbreaking and the clueless drivers who roar past people in crosswalks without even looking (Inattentive drivers make for cross walkers, Dec. 11).

This operation needs to spread up to Southeast 122nd Avenue between Market and Stark streets. There is one crosswalk with yellow overhead crosswalk signs that never light up at night. They just remain dark, thus signaling to drivers just how important the crosswalk is.

No one pays any attention at all to the crosswalks; people know there are no consequences. I suggest cameras like the ones that catch people running red lights. You would have a couple hundred crosswalk-ignoring drivers ticketed a day, just at the crosswalk at Southeast 122nd between Market and Stark.

Or put a police officer there to start ticketing people. In my hometown in Vermont, there are serious fines for any car going through a crosswalk when a pedestrian is using it. One of these days, someone will get seriously injured or killed and I hope it isn't me, a middle-aged woman just trying to get home after working hard all day.

This is the sort of issue that makes a community a nice place to live in - or one that is frustrating and unlivable and dangerous.

Mary Narkiewicz

Southeast Portland

Rogue bikers create hazards

Regarding Inattentive drivers make for cross walkers (Dec. 11), let's include coming down on 'rogue' bicyclists, who are just as big of a hazard to us pedestrians as bad drivers. Just stand at the corner of Broadway and Hoyt Street during morning rush hour for proof. So far, the city has issued only an occasional warning to those riders.

Roger Garland

Northwest Portland

Tabor neighbors fight the good fight

Great article by Mr. Law (City, neighbors scrap over Tabor land, Dec. 4). You may call Mount Tabor parks and schools advocates 'pesky,' but to many in the community, Mark Bartlett, Al Staehli, Shannon Loch and others in the group are heroes.

This group knows that publicly held land in our urban Portland area is far too limited and too valuable to ever give up. They see the larger implications for school and park lands, understanding the precedent-setting nature of reclassifying this public parcel from non-conforming use to accessory use because that will preclude citizen review (via conditional land-use reviews) in the future.

It is terrible that after the difficult fight this citizen group went through to foil the sell off of this public land to Warner Pacific, the park is now more threatened than before the process. I hope the Tabor neighbors stay active and vigilant when it comes to the city of Portland following the rule of law. They are fighting for all of us.

Lynn Schore

Southwest Portland

No. 30 belongs in the rafters

I remember cheering for Terry Porter to get more playing time when he was a rookie. He hit more big shots in the big games for the Blazers than anyone I can remember (No. 30 headed for rafters, Dec. 11).

I also remember watching Bobby Gross run Dr. J through screen after screen in the 1977 Finals.

Terry Porter and Bobby Gross are well deserving. No. 30 belongs in the rafters.

Phil Cherry

Southwest Portland

Keep up the Hawks coverage

I live in Albany and read your paper exclusively because of your Winter Hawks coverage. It's good to see that you are really digging your heals in on the Winter Hawks rebuilding project (Hawks launch new direction, Dec. 11). My family and I will be there, and we hope newspaper coverage will too.

Eric Hardin

Albany

Technologies should target potent gases

The government would be better off targeting its limited resources at helping reduce methane gas and carbon black emissions (Governor's climate change game plan stirs up debate, Nov. 27). These more potent gases are still making their way into the air in growing amounts, particularly from developing countries who have not employed existing technologies sufficiently to suppress these gases.

But our local and state governments are more proficient at introducing new regulations than actually using unintrusive, available means to solve problems.

Bob Clark

Southeast Portland

Keep the economy sustainable

The Cascade Policy Institute's claim that climate legislation will sink the state's economy is ludicrous (Governor's climate change game plan stirs up debate, Nov. 27). What's unsustainable ecologically is unsustainable economically, as should be obvious from the fortunes of Michigan's automakers. Cascade and its backers should keep that lesson in mind, lest they too be demolished by the market forces they claim to champion.

Joel Batterman

Southeast Portland