Letters - July 9

Keep the sirens

I am surprised to hear that because of a few complaints our local firefighters were told not to run their lights and sirens for the 4th of July parade.

What a huge disappointment!

Do these people not remember what it was like to be a child, and all the excitement that seeing and hearing fire trucks brings? Because it offended “some” the Pledge of Allegiance was taken away from our schools and from those of us who believed in its value. Please do not take away our right to hear and see our local men and women that risk their lives everyday to save ours! Let them celebrate with us as they wish!

To the person who has listened to and granted the wish of those who do not want to hear the sirens: here is our vote to KEEP the lights and sirens as a part of our celebrations.

Dennis and DeAnna Shute

Hood River

No-shift zone

As one who has umpired a few high school baseball games over the years, I was intrigued by Dave Leder’s reference (July 2, American Legion baseball) to a shifting strike zone. After checking my high school rule book, I could find no such rule so I figured that he has umpired high school baseball in an association where there is such a rule. Unfortunately, we umpires here in the mid Columbia have never heard of it. Speaking for myself anytime a batter refers to my shifting strike zone, said player becomes a former resident of the ballpark. I would suggest to Mr. Leder that the next time he goes to a game he introduces himself to the umpires, tells them of his extensive knowledge of the rules and of the regular season and playoff games he has worked and then asks them about their shifting strike zone. Now, no two umpires will react the same, but I suggest he carry a telephoto lens because taking pictures from the parking lot can sometimes be difficult.

John Codino

Hood River

Fabulous 4th

Hood River responded with overwhelming support for the fireworks celebration of the 4th of July. I had many more people donate at the fireworks booth than I have had in the past. I think that this resulted from the publicity of both KIHR and the Hood River News. I wish to thank both for their efforts.

The Lions had people walking the parade route and asking for donations. The reaction, overall, was very positive. I do not have the exact figures, but Paul Zastrow seems to have collected the most of any of our walkers. We appreciate the willingness of anyone to do this difficult job.

Pietro’s and Domino’s donated free pizzas and drinks to the fireworks crews for the 4th. This was greatly appreciated. Few people realize it but usually Eyeopener Lions are busy from morning until after the show in prep work, the show and cleanup. Now for someone to donate a breakfast for the day after the 4th for the crew. ( This is the unglamorous and unappreciated work after the event.)

At this time I do not have figures to indicate whether or not we received all of the money necessary to pay for this event. I do know that Hood River responded positively to our requests for funding.

We appreciate the monetary support of the many donators of Hood River and visitors. For those who choose to just enjoy the show, we hope that they enjoyed the free show.

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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