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Portland is for yuppies

Ah, Portland, Ore. (“Recharged and Upbeat” by Christopher Reynolds, Aug. 25)! It is a good place to revisit — indeed, where a immature go to splash drink and coffee and float around on bicycles with each in. of their bodies pierced and tattooed.

During my 10 years as a Portlander in a ’80s, we was a counsel for many of Hawthorne Boulevard. we lived during a eastern finish of a street, alongside Mt. Tabor. It was great, since anyone with an thought and a mind could means a rents and start-up costs for a business. we got paid in trade — shoe repair, pasta, uninformed baked granola, uninformed squeezed orange juice, cappuccinos, entrance to live concerts. (The barter, along with my illustration of area Native Americans, got me audited by a Internal Revenue Service twice. The IRS couldn’t figure out how a counsel could have such small income.)

Reynolds’ articles missed one critical undercurrent. Portland always was and still is segregated. Blacks lived in northeastern Portland, Latinos in a Willamette Valley and Native Americans on a seashore and in a Columbia Gorge.

I had a pleasure of representing many black Portlanders. One pretentious patron was George Thrower, who ran a Bagdad Shoe Repair. His emporium started out in a museum building remarkable in a cover story. Every year when we visit, Thrower’s emporium has changed over and over adult a highway from a theater. As he told me final April, a rents are now too high for businesses other than bars and restaurants and places that support to white yuppies. Every time rents go up, his shoe correct goes easterly dual blocks.

He still offering to do my boots for giveaway and mail them behind to me when they were finished. Gotta adore that guy.

Jack L. Schwartz

Los Angeles

The antipathetic skies

The Aug. 25 minute (“Airline Tickets,” Letters) from Lynn Harris illustrates one reason we exclude to fly anymore unless positively necessary. Too many airline employees don’t give a slice about their customers.

Who cares where a sheet was purchased? Every sheet hilt uses apparatus owned by a airline and has to understanding with a airline’s patron service.

I can roughly hear a stranded traveler being told, smugly, “Oh, we didn’t buy your sheet from a airline? Too bad. Next!”

Bonnie Sloane

Los Angeles

Harris’ minute suggests a need for construction between intentional and contingent changes.

Airlines have an requirement (and my knowledge is that they accommodate it) to accommodate passengers with contingent changes. This includes moody delays since of weather, automatic or other causes, report changes, moody cancellations, etc.

In my experience, airline agents are certified to relinquish a common boundary on engagement difficulty and price collections for contingent changes. This relates regardless of where or how a sheet was issued.

In contrast, airlines are demure to hold a sheet released by a third celebration for intentional changes. I’d be astounded to learn of an airline that refused to rebook a newcomer stranded by weather.

Randall Gellens

San Diego