Letters - August 27

Fine, thanks

This letter goes out to all the people who helped my wife after she broke her foot sailing at Doug’s Beach this week. From the people on the beach to the paramedics that helped get her to the hospital and the great staff at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital I say thanks, also to the ranger that works Doug’s who took the time out to call our house to make sure she was okay. This is the kind of care that makes the Gorge so special. By the way she is doing fine. Thanks again.

Bob Stewart

Hood River

Violence answer?

A letter to President Bush:

“Bring ’em on,” you said in early July, referring to Islamic militants resisting the U.S. forces occupying Iraq by conducting guerrilla attacks. Well, they certainly appear to have taken that challenge to heart, Mr. President.

What answer do you have for the escalating violence?

Bill Sumerfield

Hood River

Follow the rules

This is an open letter to the Hood River Garbage service in hopes that all Hood River County citizens that have had or will have near misses with your trucks on the road will come forward and also voice their concerns knowing they are not alone.

I am getting really tired of having employees in the garbage trucks pulling out in front of traffic and parking right in the lane of traffic causing near collisions — I’ve witnessed this many many times and thus far haven’t said anything but today (Aug. 22 at 8 a.m.) on my way to work I had one of your employees pull out right in front of me after rolling through a stop sign on June and onto 12th. He pulled out diagonal, blocking both lanes of traffic, then stops and backs into a driveway, I had to hit my brakes to avoid hitting him, there was no warning as to what he was doing, as no turn signals or hazard lights were used.

I’m pretty sure that was not a legal move. It’s not like we live in Portland and have continuous traffic and you have to get out the first chance you get — if this guy would have stopped at the stop sign and took the time to look, he would have seen there was no one behind me and could have (should have) waited his turn like the rest of us.

I understand that you have a job to do — however, your company and your employees are not exempt from the laws of the road, you must follow them like everyone else, and it seems like from the actions of your employees on the road that they do not feel that the driving laws pertain to them.

Would it hurt to pull off the road as much as possible when stopping? Would it hurt to wait at a stop sign until there is NO traffic before pulling out when YOU know that you will be blocking both lanes of traffic to back in to a driveway? How about using your turn signals to alert the vehicles behind you of your intentions?

I just hope it doesn’t take your employees causing a fatal accident to acknowledge that there is a problem.

DeAnna Shute

Hood River

Support wind sports

Re: Don’t kill the golden goose! (Our Readers Write, Aug. 20.)

I am a regular visitor to Hood River. Every August, I come to town for two to three weeks of windsurfing. I stay at a local B and B, eat at local restaurants, and shop at local stores. I have heard about the Port’s plans to redevelop the waterfront area north of town, and can only think that the proposal is seriously flawed.

The undeniable fact is that windsurfing and other water sports have brought new life to Hood River. There are thousands of visitors, new jobs, families (many with young children) moving to town; in short, everything that is needed for a growing, vibrant and happy community. This is mainly because of the world-class conditions for windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayaking and other water sports in this area.

A redeveloped waterfront runs a high risk of creating wind shadows at the Event site, which would send sailers and kiters (and events like the Gorge Games) elsewhere. San Francisco just redeveloped the large (20-30 acres) Crissy Field site, creating a large park with sand dunes and local vegetation and a lagoon for migrating birds, as well as preserving recreational opportunities and windsurfing access. Maui has the Kanaha State Park (20 acres) at one of its best swimming and windsurfing sites. Why can’t Hood River have something similar but on a smaller scale? If the fees at the Event site alone bring in over $50,000 annually, wouldn’t it make sense to expand the recreational opportunities (and also the use fees) at this location?

Hood River should be doing everything it can to support and encourage windsurfing (and similar activities.) A waterfront park with improved facilities for rigging, especially at the Hook, would bring more visitors and tourist dollars into the town. A complex of condominiumns and parking lots would create traffic hassles and bring new residents who may find it very uncomfortable living in a wind tunnel zone and down wind from a sewer treatment plant.

By pushing the redevelopment proposal, the Port is trying to “kill the goose that laid the golden egg.” Anyone who cares about the future of Hood River should be against this misguided proposal.

Dr. Graham K. Crooke

Burlingame, Calif.

A simple plan

Here’s the deal George W. Bush and Greg Walden for your newest forest plan: No more clear cutting — selective logging only; No tree older than our country (227 years) may be cut — leave the old growth alone.

That’s it, it’s plain, it’s simple, and it’s good for all of us and the forests too. You can still cut, you just can’t rape and pillage our forests.

Stephen J. Curley

Hood River

Preserve Gorge

I am writing to the Hood River News to encourage you to support continued protection of the scenic charter of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

The Gorge Commission has recently sustained the regulations in the management plan to limit development and commercial events to the designated Urban Growth Areas.

I support this action. Hood River is my home town. Since the discovery of wind as an “asset,” Hood River will never be the same. But preservation of the scenic values and character of the Columbia River Gorge is still of paramount importance, no matter what happens in the future.

Thank you for considering my concern.

John Edmundson


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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

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