Just send the money

What's wrong with this picture? Social Security cost of living increase, 2.6 percent; interest on CD, 2.8 percent; rate increase on water and sewer bill, 42 percent, and that's just for openers. Now, presuming I continue to live in the city of Hood River and don't go broke like the sewer fund, I will spend the rest of my life making monthly payments on a water pipeline that will handle the growth of Hood River for the next 55 years. That's like a 95-year-old man putting lifetime siding on his house. This is like the resort that keeps sending me flyers saying I can qualify to live there if I make at least $55,000 a year. So if any of you are planning to move here, don't bother, just send your money.

John Codino

Hood River

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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"

‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge



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