Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Seatbelts and risk have nothing to do with whether you or God is in control. It’s about responsibility. Heidi, if you choose not to wear a seatbelt, who do you think should pay the medical bills for injuries a seatbelt would have prevented? Would you be willing to sign an agreement releasing your insurance company from this responsibility?
Need seat belts
Heidi Steen in her letter of Dec. 7 expresses her indecision about Oregon’s seat belt law. Before the law was passed many people argued the law was an attempt to protect people from themselves. They, like Heidi, saw the law as interference with their freedom of choice. The law was passed to protect the public. The cost to the public for higher hospital costs, emergency services and higher insurance premiums were, and still are, the primary emphasis behind the seat belt law. This says nothing about the mental anguish of maimed victims or loved ones of people killed who did not wear his or her seat belt. As I understand Heidi’s letter, she was a passenger, not the driver, when she received her ticket. I ask her to think about the life of the driver of the car she was in. What if an accident had occurred and Heidi had been thrown through the window, breaking her neck, leaving her a quadriplegic for the rest of her life? How would the driver feel for the rest of his or her life knowing insistence on fastening her seat belt would have kept Heidi in her seat, not flying through the window. Heidi, think of the worse case scenario for not wearing that belt before you condemn the law. For me, passengers in my car fasten their seat belt or we don’t move.
Gary J. Fields
Try soul power
Love the Peace Fellowship work you are doing. It is so necessary. Bless you ALL!
Another public eye opener to help stop wars is to teach people that what we think about grows. All actions come from thoughts first. Are your thoughts coming from soul or ego? I am teaching soul power for loving choices. Our soul always has loving advice. Our souls are not connected to our ego (mind). I am teaching how to use one’s own soul energy through our breath. We are all connected through our breath which is our soul power. Everyone needs to remember why they incarnated, and what gifts they are to focus on. Everyone’s soul is connected to a huge universal-cosmic consciousness of pure love and light energy attached to their own breath.
Anyway the military teaches violence, guns, and other methods to kill. The military killing machine must be stopped all over the world. Love is the answer. Everyone wants love. All the answers for love are within the soul power of each person.
Anyway to stop the killing machine and wars is to promote oneness. Using mass media we can get people to want to find their own angels, their own soul energy their own god within — is our power for health and healing, and natural highs.
How to stop world military is by promoting world oneness. How to share and connect from inner divine guidance. Teach what you give you will get.
1. Stop the money flow to anything that promotes military.
2. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome consequences — advertise these more.
3. The military promotes alcoholism — by daily “Happy Hour” daily social drinking. They have “cheap” booze on the bases in their exchange stores.
4. Our schools need the money.
5. If we were bombing with food, shelter, music, and art supplies and teachers — what would they want to do to us, here in America?
6. All drug highs can be stopped with teaching soul power — deep meditation, self-hypnosis work and other New Age healing modalities. All drug highs and more are attached to each person’s soul — not ego.
7. Let us start to use the other 90 percent of our brain for goodness sakes — let us grow more love by each person concentrating on their own gifts — and soul purpose.
9. We need the money for renewable energy companies.
10. Teach how to Let go and Let god — this is everyone’s responsibility to learn ASAP!
To save our planet try to have your actions come from your own loving soul guides — your soul power, not the reactive-fearful “dark-negative ego.”
Nice and clean
My name is Kelly Carroll and I am the owner of Top Dog Grooming. On Sunday, Dec. 8 a young man in a white Dodge made an effort to back up in the street to harrass me and my two dogs as one of my dogs was squating to relieve herself. He went on me to tell me about the front page article about dogs quoting “pissing and pooping all over Hood River” and made a couple other smart attacks at me and drove off. It is a sad thing that people are not kind enough if curious to ask if they will clean it up? As a dog owner I always carry doggy bags. This had bothered me so much I made an effort to walk back to where the gentleman parked his car and knocked on the door to tell him I clean up after my dog ... he quoted “there was intent.” He then very rude like said “goodbye” and shut the door in my face. Let me ask any dog owner ... how do you tell your dog to wait until we get to a toilet? This was ridiculous behavior on his part and really ruins community relations for neighbors. That article also ruins it for the “Good Dog Owner” who does pick up the dog doo doo. Besides, my dog was on a side street standing in a pile of ivy and it was not on a yard or a side walk and for that fact she was not pooping. He quoted to me, “It was the intent.” Well if you can teach me how to teach a dog to not intend to squat until we find a toilet please step forward and give a class. As far as the good dog owners are concerned it is a shame we can not walk in peace in this town and enjoy our pets and be responsible cleaners as the general public attacks you.
To all you dog owners out there: just clean up, it does not matter where they decide to squat. What matters is do you clean it up? I really hope in such a small community that we are not cold and crude to people we know nothing about. Arrogance gets you nowhere, Mister.
I LIKE WAL-MART!
Just the way it is. It’s the right size for the myriad small and household items that families need. Research has shown that a giant store would deeply impact or wipe out a 25-mile radius of pharmacies, tire stores, office supplies, garden shops, electronics and on and on. So Stevenson, White Salmon, and even The Dalles would feel the impact.
Just as a mega-movie building was proposed and defeated as not appropriate for a town of 5,000. So too is a mega multi-store not appropriate in size, location, or community design needs. This company is so tight with its finances that it does not leave its daily receipts in its local bank even overnight as all other local businesses do.
Likewise a casino does not belong this far up the Gorge when we are already dealing with air pollution that is over the allowable limits. Light pollution would be such that I don’t know how the Gorge Commission could ever give permission. It would be a five-acre or better parking lot on a hilltop overlooking the town and the whole middle Gorge. And with both business proposed, the Oregon tax payers would pay for the new or enlarged freeway exits and state or local highways.
If they must build, Troutdale would be a logical location. Less travel time, consequently fewer accidents, closer to malls, and service outlets. Indian casinos do not pay local taxes for water, sewer, police and fire — only gifts to the community with great fanfare whenever they make a donation. In my experience with a community that allowed a casino in, there was a large influx of families that demanded a high level of community services both for the family and children. And the low salaries was a major contribution to the many more family problems, both financial and often, sadly, addictions.
I assume however, if the next governor sets a precedent and allows an Indian casino off tribal lands, that they would, as a trade off, most certainly pay taxes just as does every other business and citizen.
But if it becomes a worst case situation and both businesses make it in on the basis of apathy of the citizens, there’s one good trade off. With the multi-acre parking lots on both ends of town and the small business taxpayers gone, we could just switch off the street lights and live by the glow of parking lot lights from both ends of town.
I’ve always enjoyed Susan Hess’s articles in the Hood River News, but her last one (Nov. 27, “This fence creates a gash”) really tilted my equanimity! I have been traipsing up and down those stairs for years, wearing out sandal soles and concrete, daily. And I have quite a few friends who also clatter up and down there, the lot of us usually welcoming the new day somewhere between 5 a.m and 6 am. In the winter that fence feigns unobtrusiveness, because it’s dark all round, except near the Hazel Street crossing, where a street light frequently illuminates a carpet of frost diamonds in the cold, peaceful winter mornings. Whatever oaks and Oregon grapes may be hidden behind the wall of this fence, would not be disturbed by our glance anyway, not in winter. But ah, Summer! Now there’s the scratchy rub. That *#% fence crowds. It assaults one’s sensibilities. It hides, yet blatantly accosts one with a sense of wealth and secrecy within. And I, poor pedestrian, cower to that wealth and power. Damn that wall!
That fence exists all over my realm. It exists (in different forms) atop Strawberry Mountain above White Salmon, where the wealthy have chopped down Nature’s cloak of trees, so that they can have an unobstructed view of the Columbia River Gorge from their castles. But hundreds of us chattle here below have no more of the once pleasant view of Strawberry Mt. And over to the east, on Hood River Mountain, someone has massacred the smooth hillside with an ugly slash across its face, to “develop” some future domain. I am sickened. Hiking up the “Whoop-de” trail, off The Old Dalles Road, is a wonderful respite, if one doesn’t succumb to looking north toward Mt. Adams along the way. That wretched scar twists and burns my heart.
Paul J. Kollas
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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