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Readers' Letters: Don't like breastfeeding? Then don't look

The management of The Ram Restaurant and Brewery wants everyone in its restaurants to have an enjoyable experience? Clearly it doesn’t want everyone to have an enjoyable experience, certainly not the baby nor his family. If it did, management might have taken a different tack (Breastfeeding mom takes case public, Aug. 14).

The only people management were/are concerned about, as evidenced by their comments in the article, are the uptight, complaining parties who are hell-bent on sexualizing the breastfeeding experience. The only parties being catered to in the repeated request for “discretion” and those still being catered to by Ram management’s misguided viewpoint and sheer lack of understanding are those who complained about the mother’s breast.

These are the same parties who shop the local malls, who see buxom breasts aplenty in Victoria’s Secret window displays, and probably even in some passers-by with low-cut tops and such. Yet, again, we’re talking about a baby needing to eat, to do what comes natural, to breastfeed on, oh you know, a mammalian breast from his/her own species. God forbid.

We are not talking about a woman just “whipping it out” for the sheer titillation of restaurant-goers. If you are not disciplined enough as an individual to look away, shame

on you, not the mother or her baby!

Alexa Baker

Southwest Portland

You may be right, but it’s just wrong

We have the right to do a lot of things in this country, but common courtesy, decency and a modicum of intelligence dictate that sometimes we should refrain from exercising some of those rights.

When I go out to eat, among the last things I need or want to see is some woman breastfeeding her infant (Breastfeeding mom takes case public, Aug. 14).

This woman and her husband chose to have this child. They know the child’s schedule. She can feed the baby on its schedule before they go to the restaurant or after they leave the restaurant. She can go to the restroom or out to the car to feed the baby. She can use a breast pump if feeding the child formula is out of the question or, my favorite, stay home until the child can eat regular food and has been taught how to behave in a restaurant.

Another suggestion might be to take your child to child-friendly restaurants, not a brew pub.

It is my feeling that people who insist on breastfeeding their children in very public places are generally disrespectful of others. They do so more for shock value than because the baby was hungry, or they were running late and found themselves in the unfortunate position of having to feed the child before they were able to get home. Even if that’s the case, you can almost always find a more private place than the dining room of a crowded restaurant where other people are trying to enjoy a meal and have the right to do so without offensive distraction.

For those who think, “I just had a baby, I didn’t change my life,” I say, you had a baby and changing your whole life is exactly what you did. You no longer have a schedule. Your baby has a schedule, and it is up to you to maintain that schedule. That means if you’re going to be in very public places, you need to schedule your outings in between feedings and naps.

Having a child carries a lot of responsibility, not only to your child, but to you and to others. If you are not prepared to recognize those responsibilities and act appropriately on them, do not have a child.

Greg Dawson

Northwest Portland

Fritz needs to look at big picture

Portland city Commissioner Amanda Fritz never ceases to amaze: “The new residents (of Old Town/Chinatown) will rightly demand more parks” (Old Town revival plan banks on housing, Aug. 12).

Earth to Amanda: There’s a big patch of grass called Waterfront Park and another called the North Park Blocks. Don’t forget about the world-class Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Most neighborhoods could only dream of having such amenities. This neighborhood is park rich.

Unfortunately, it’s poor by every other measure. Her statement demonstrates a complete lack of comprehension of the challenges this neighborhood faces: Instead of helping to encourage new middle-income residents to the neighborhood, she’s worried about their potential demands for a park.

She cannot understand waiving some development charges now for tax revenue generated from a vibrant redeveloped neighborhood would, in fact, help fund many times over the very things she wants: parks, affordable housing and social services.

She fails to see how the existing conditions of Old Town/Chinatown — homelessness, social service concentration (including the homeless camp she fought to keep) and deteriorated seismically unstable buildings — prevent developers from charging rents sufficient to pay for the development she believes is inevitable (“I believe this new construction will happen anyway”). Perhaps she hasn’t noticed virtually every close-in neighborhood has witnessed significant residential development except Old Town/Chinatown.

We need to reject leaders who peddle policies that pit rich against poor. We need creative approaches to achieve solutions for all.

The Old Town/Chinatown Action Plan is long overdue. This rift on the council is further proof we need to reform the bureau oversight by commissioners. We need council votes for the benefit of the larger community — not one’s pet bureau.

David Dysert

Northwest Portland

Clean diesel isn’t as bad as you think

It is inaccurate to say that all diesel buses are “noisy and smelly.” The new clean diesel buses are comparable — better in some instances — with new natural gas buses (TriMet plugs electric buses into local routes, Aug. 12).

While this story focuses on electric buses, an analysis by the Clean Air Task Force compared 2012 compressed natural gas (CNG) to 2012 clean diesel buses in regard to particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions.

According to the Clean Air Task Force’s “Clean Diesel versus CNG Buses: Cost, Air Quality, & Climate Impacts,” “Both new diesel and new CNG buses have significantly lower emissions of NOx, PM, and HC than the older diesel buses that they replace. According to EPA’s MOVES emissions model, a 2012 model year diesel bus emits 94 percent less NOx per mile, 98 percent less PM, and 89 percent less HC than a model year 2000 (12-year-old) diesel bus. A model year 2012 CNG bus emits 80 percent less NOx, 99 percent less PM, and 100 percent less HC than a model year 2000 diesel bus.”

This is why clean diesel buses make up the majority of all transit buses in cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.

Hardly “noisy and smelly, simultaneously enhancing and undermining livability wherever they go” as this writer claims.

Steve Hansen

Director, Media Relations

Diesel Technology Forum

Frederick, Md.

Electric vehicles are tops over diesel

Sure Euro 6 diesels are cleaner, but they still emit the same carbon dioxide and noise (TriMet plugs electric buses into local routes, Aug. 12). Electric vehicles use clean

hydropower in the Northwest and are almost silent. The cost is almost break-even during the life of the bus due to lower fuel-cost buses.

Roger Bedell

A U.S. citizen living

in Lindome, Sweden