General Patreaus, don’t betray us. – Ed Schlossman Thousand Oaks Natural as the toilet Re “Debate over public breast-feeding” (Sept. 8): After watching Gen. David Petreaus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker testify to Congress for the past two days, we now know President Bush’s Iraqi exit strategy: Stay the course, run out the clock, and let the next president figure it out! – Richard Buratti Northridge A point in rhyme Breast-feeding is natural; so is urinating. Should people be allowed to relieve themselves anywhere they want because it’s “natural”? Maybe it’s time for everyone to consider each other’s feelings. The world will surely be a better place. – Cindy Trujillo Palmdale Opposite effect I generally support the causes championed by the MoveOn folks, but the latest ad they ran attacking Gen. Petraeus showed terrible judgment and was extremely distasteful. If MoveOn was trying to win hearts and minds for pulling out of Iraq, they accomplished just the opposite by attacking the general’s integrity. I understand how frustrating the Iraq war has been to both sides of the issue, but it wouldn’t it be more productive for us to concentrate on finding solutions to the Iraq war than spending energy venting our emotions? – Rhod Zimmerman West Hills Consider feelings I nursed both my babies, one for a year and the other for six months. I rarely found myself in a situation where I had to breast-feed in public as I arranged my outings around my babies’ schedules. But on the occasions when I did have to nurse in public settings, it was never a big deal to drape a small blanket over my shoulder for privacy. I just think it’s kind to consider other people’s feelings, and being a nursing mother didn’t make the world all about me! – Christine Norton Valencia Unrealistic idea Re “Promises, promises” (Our opinions, Sept. 10): The Daily News is misinformed in its editorial calling for more regionalization in our air transportation planning. First, according to studies just prior to Sept. 11, 2001, when LAX volume reached its highest level, 90 percent of rush-hour traffic on the 405 Freeway was unrelated to LAX. Peak-load hours at LAX are between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., which is the ideal time to use the 405 Freeway between the South Bay and Sepulveda Pass. Second, absent taxpayer subsidies, it is unrealistic to expect airlines to serve Palmdale Airport until that area can sustain air commerce. It is 35 miles farther from its market than the most distant airport in the United States. Ontario has proven to be a viable option because millions of people live in or near the Inland Empire. – Robert L. Rodine Chairman, Aviation Committee Valley Industry & Commerce Association Important anniversary Calvin Coolidge said, “The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom.” Does anyone remember that Sept. 17 is the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution? Does anyone care? We are guaranteed the freedoms we enjoy today by this historic document. Let us never forget how this country began and the price that the Revolutionary War patriots paid for our freedom. – Julie Stranges Chatsworth Smart global growth Re “State must face tsunami of growth” (Sept. 10): Mark Cromer fails to think globally. He plans to control California’s population in isolation. Immigration from Mexico and Central America helps to reduce the growth of the world population because city dwellers have smaller families than subsistence farmers. This migration also helps to reduce world poverty. California can support a much larger population without infringing on either wilderness or farmland. In the center of Los Angeles, new structures should be 100 or 200 stories, instead of 56. And if we want the new residents to use the subway, just tell the developers to stop supplying parking to the residents. We should be investing in subways, not freeways. If we make the right choices, we could make a great contribution to solving the world’s problems with population, poverty and the environment. – Ron McMullen Chairman, Social and Economic Justice Committee, SEIU Local 721 Mission Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!