Letters - July 31

No to Wal-Mart

I’m another one of those senior citizens living on a fixed income. One might surmise therefore that I would think a “Super” Wal-Mart would be a good idea. I don’t. I think it is a very bad idea for this town.

I have been coming to Hood River since 1980. My son and his family live here and I’ve watched the grandchildren grow up in this amazing place.

How anyone in his right mind could think that a structure of this enormous size is “compatible” with the surrounding area is beyond me. You don’t need a bunch of lawyers telling you what “compatible” means. It’s obvious to anyone with an iota of common sense (sorely lacking where big bucks are concerned) that this super structure is ridiculously out of place.

I’ve seen my once lovely town in southern California ruined by big boxes everywhere. Gone forever are the strawberry patches where my boys used to pick berries. Gone forever are the orange groves. The people of Hood River don’t need MY reminder of what a mess southern California is.

Don’t let this happen to you. Learn from others’ mistakes. Don’t be complacent about your future. You can’t get back what’s gone. I know. I’ve been there.

Margaret Jane Williams

Hood River

The onus of ‘own’

Finally someone said it! I wish I could take credit for these words but at least I can pass them on: (Posted on the Internet, anonymously written)

Immigrants, not Americans, must adapt!

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture, here in the U.S.A. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the “politically correct” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.

This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language; therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! ENGLISH! “In God We Trust” is our national motto because Christian men and women, of Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is and always will be part of our culture. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. Remember, “Delta is ready when you are and they can have you there by nightfall.” This is our country, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But, once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.

Bonny Darr

Hood River

Non-toxic hoses?

In looking for a new garden hose, I have found every hose but one has a (small, fine-print) warning saying it contains a recycled material which the state of California believes can cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive disorders. The label warns not to drink from the hose and to wash hands after handling it. Only one company actually identified the material — it was LEAD!

I thought we knew by now that lead was poisonous. It was recently discovered that Beethoven died of lead poisoning. These days we spend millions of dollars to remove lead paint and pipes from our homes and land. Children in cities are being tested for lead content in their bodies.

Most people use hoses to water their vegetable gardens and lawns, to fill their pets’ water bowls and their children’s swimming pools. Children play in sprinklers in summer with hoses. The only non-toxic hose I found was twice the cost of the toxic ones.

Why are we allowing companies to sell toxic hoses to us in the name of recycling? Where are our regulatory agencies in all this? Citizens should be asking these questions and refusing to buy these products. Perhaps if no one buys them they’ll quit making them.

I for one won’t be buying any more hoses until I find some reasonably priced non-toxic ones.

Laurie Cross

Husum, Wash.

Creating debate

Chris Jackson had a letter, “Debate Carefully,” in the Hood River News on July 24, concerning the possibility of a debate between himself and Kent Hovind about evolution/creation. I thought Chris Jackson made some good suggestions:

1. A high quality debate should be done using careful, sustained arguments.

2. A lengthy written, unedited exchange should be done between him and Mr. Hovind to bring these arguments for consideration. (Perhaps media in addition to the web site(s) would be helpful.)

I think that the issue of evolution/creation of man and woman is very important as the concept that a person accepts tends to be the one that sets the world view of that person. If man and woman were formed by random happenings without a creator, then there is no obligation for ethics or morality. On the other hand, if there is a Creator — God — it’s necessary to understand Him and to respond to Him. According to the Bible, some of His characteristics are that He is sovereign, eternal, loving, just, righteous, holy, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, gracious, merciful, immutable, infallible, unfathomable, compassionate, etc. God has given various laws and responsibilities which He requires of people.

I believe that God created the universe as the Bible states. (Incidentally, the Bible should be added to the suggested reading list by Chris Jackson.) There are more and better evidences of creation than for evolution, in my opinion.

In closing, I would like to leave some questions to everyone:

1. How do you know what you believe is true?

2. Where do you get your information?

3. What difference does that make in your life today?

4. What happens when you are wrong?

5. What would you accept as evidence?

Don Rose

Hood River

Yes to Wal-Mart

I am writing this letter in support of the Wal-Mart Superstore. Like myself, there are many people in this area that do not make a lot of money, and have to make our shopping dollars stretch as far as we can. The choice of stores to shop for groceries here is limited to a few major chains, and their prices reflect the lack of local competition.

I feel that a Wal-Mart Superstore would be a very welcome alternative to many of our local residents. Just look at the parking lot of Wal-Mart and see how crowded it is each and every day, and you will see just how much support there is here for the proposed new Superstore. I for one am all for it.

Eric Tunick

Husum, Wash.

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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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