I understand that Portland is prohibited from dumping snow in the Atlantic Ocean. However, considering the unusually high snow pack, perhaps it would be prudent to relax this restriction.

While driving through Portland’s highly constricted streets, I have seen pedestrians walking well outside the area allotted to them and often directly in the street itself. That is not their fault: The deep snows preclude them from using the sidewalks.

We need to clear the streets and sidewalks to accommodate the pedestrians – many of whom are children – who are treading dangerously into car territory.

Using the ocean for snow disposal is a lamentable necessity for the benefit of our citizens, especially as we’re expecting more storms. If a child is struck in traffic and dying in a porridge of her own blood, will it be much comfort to know that we’re at least protecting the Atlantic Ocean?

Edward Gleason