'Big Box' Appeal

Regarding Passage of the "Big Box" Ordinance:

I spoke before the City Council in opposition to this ordinance. They passed the ordinance in spite of much opposition. This ordinance affects all of the people in the county. It does not stop with the city.

I received a letter for the city stating that I had the right to appeal their decision. This is my appeal.

I choose this method of appealing because I feel that any decision made by the city council on this issue was made before the request for public input. I do not think that there is any possibility of overturning this decision unless the public has the right to vote. I think that our representatives have the power to make decisions. I also think that there are times that they should allow their constituents to voice their opinions through their votes. I ask for a public vote on this issue.

The statement that the City will closely "monitor" all County decisions concerning the recent application for a building permit has all the signs of attempting to control County decisions. I do not believe that the City decision should have any control of the Building Permits for the Frankton property. Again, ask all of the residents of the county for their opinions.

I have heard the statement that a Wal-Mart (Super or not) will take money out of the community. Many of these same people admit to going to Portland to shop for clothing and specialty items. I think that this practice removes more money from our economy. Jobs are jobs. They may not offer high salaries, but they are much better than not having a job. I do not want to see a lot of employment opportunities removed from our local economy. Vote (if you are allowed to) for the opportunity of have large businesses in Hood River County and in the city of Hood River.

Leonard Hickman

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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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