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No safety along light-rail tracks

Every negative letter you receive on MAX is right-on (Fear rides the MAX, Nov. 9; Letters, Nov. 16).

We had friends in our neighborhood, near Rockwood, who put their home up for sale as soon as they started putting tracks on East Burnside Street. When we asked why, the response was, Wait until it is finished and you will see crime, low-income housing, unsafe neighborhoods, etc.

That is exactly what happened. Our once-proud family neighborhood now is an area to be afraid in at night.

If you don't have MAX in your area, do everything possible to keep it out.

Rodger Dalgleish

Southeast Portland

Good first impression is quickly erased

I was a recent visitor to your city and spent several days walking around downtown and the convention-center area thinking how relatively safe the streets were.

My mind quickly changed the minute I boarded a MAX train downtown Sunday night and had an aggressive panhandler in my face demanding cash.

Not having any cash, I bought the kid a burrito with my debit card and learned that Chinatown was where they sell crack cocaine.

With that experience and reading your 'MAX-line crime needs bigger fix' editorial (Nov. 9), I'll be avoiding Portland like the plague on future trips to Oregon.

William Murray

Seattle

Infection responded to natural remedy

I had a serious staph infection of the foot in 2002 (Staph often adds danger, days to a patient stay, Oct. 26).

I had four courses of antibiotics, both oral and injected. It kept coming back. A friend had lost her foot and leg from staph after intravenous antibiotic treatment in the hospital.

I got rid of the infection finally with warm poultices of onions cooked in olive oil and mixed with ground flaxseed and vinegar. I ate massive amounts of garlic and took di-methyl-glycine, an amino acid.

Sometimes natural and old-fashioned remedies work best.

George Mayer

Southwest Portland

Nanotech investment can fuel much more

Jonathan Brandt's point about the public funding of nanotechnology (Letters, Nov. 13) is shortsighted.

Private industry and institutional research are very important to create new jobs with new inventions like nanotechnology, and the biomedical sectors can help to replace the old technologies' outsourced jobs to Brazil, Russia, India and China.

However, it should not be a one-way street; private funds should match public funds, and the profits from the research should be invested in the next industry or technology so as to circulate the public funds rather than use them to subsidize the entrepreneurs building their castles.

It's like one candle lighting the next candle, and so on.

Shantu Shah

Southwest Portland

Red-light cameras don't catch bicyclists

Now that we have, and are getting more, red-light cameras (Red-light rundown, Nov. 13), can we finally require that bicyclists get licenses and plates?

I don't care if they have to wear them on their backs, backpacks, on the bike itself, whatever. It's time that they stop getting free passes to zoom through red lights and stop signs.

John Porter

Northwest Portland