Strongly urging 'no' vote on casino

I have been following the events related to the Confederated Tribes intent to build a casino two miles east of Hood River overlooking the Columbia Gorge. I find this appalling and am in opposition to the action.

While I empathize with the plight of the American Indian, it distresses me that they have the "legal authority" to do so as expressed by Dennis Karnopp in his article in the Hood River News on Aug. 8, 2001. No organization, company or people should be able to take such action when opposed by the vast majority of the citizens of the Hood River area. Any wrongs that have been done to the native people in the past should not grant them the right to do things that are wrong for the current citizens of the Hood River area. There is nothing about "gaming" that even closely resembles "harmony with nature, respect for the land and respect for each other" as stated by Mr. Karnopp.

Every community has a personality, represents values, and has a fiber that makes a community that people wish to live in (or not live in) and share with their family, friends and neighbors. The current elements are what bring good people to the Hood River area.

The building of a casino will completely change the fiber of Hood River and will make it recognized as place to gamble, drink, smoke, and conduct activities that are inconsistent with the values we share today.

This is perhaps the most critical issue that has faced Hood River and it is important that the many people who are opposed to the casino get their opposition known today. Don't be complacent. Don't wait. Act today. We need to hear from our community leaders and long time residents as well as as the people who came to Hood River because of what it represents. The future of the Hood River area depends upon your action -- or non-action. Contact your elected representatives, write letters to the newspapers, and do everything possible to express your opposition.

Jack Jakobsen

Hood River

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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