Letters - April 16

Soda must go

What do kids drink? Rarely is it plain water. It is usually soda, or sweet “sports drinks” (sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or some synthetic sweetener). Our own Hood River County School Board encourages addiction to these unhealthy drinks by allowing soft drink companies into our schools at the expense of the health of the kids. At the entrance to the HRVHS, for example, there is THIRTY feet of junk food and pop machines, and an espresso cart!

This leads kids toward a lifetime addiction to these products at the detriment to their physical and dental health. What kid is going to choose lowly plain water over the sweet taste of soft drinks, backed up by their high-powered advertising campaigns? Once addicted, these teenagers become lifelong customers to these corporations. It is time for the school board to step up to the plate and kick these corporations and their addictive products out of our schools. Please encourage the school board to do so. This would do a lot more for our kids than fluoridating our gardens.

Brian Carlstrom

Hood River

What about poor?

A nation’s budget says a lot about its priorities and values. The federal budget is as much a moral document as a fiscal document. Consider the following:

This year’s budget includes over $100 in military spending for every dollar spent on international aid programs to fight hunger, HIV/AIDS and malaria or to provide relief to disaster survivors. The budget cuts spending for programs that support the poorest and most vulnerable Americans — low-income housing assistance, early childhood education, food stamps and Medicaid. The budget calls for additional tax cuts from which benefits would flow overwhelmingly to the wealthiest Americans. The budget continues to run huge deficits, borrowing from our children and grandchildren to pay for our tax cuts and wars.

It has been said that “Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor!” America is the richest nation in history. Do we really want this budget to become our letter from the poor?

Rick Davis


In a tremble

When I first got wind of the term “Nuclear Option” I became very frightened and joined the “participatory panic parade” to the downtown area. But later I learned that “Nuclear Option” actually, realistically means “Majority Rules.” Now that’s REALLY scary. Excuse me as I look both ways and tremble in fear.

William H. Davis, Jr.

Hood River

‘Endorsement’ error

Our committee sincerely apologizes if miscommunication has led to errors in our incorrectly listing anyone as believing fluoridation a desirable public health intervention. That our personal errors might endanger the underlying goal of bringing this critical public health measure to our community grieves us deeply.

To set the record straight, we want to make it perfectly clear that we have sought no opinion with regards Measure 14-23 from any of the organizations we have listed as supporting fluoridation. Our use of the word “endorsement” was and will continue to be used simply to indicate those listed have decided to lend their generic support for and approval of public water fluoridation. Our list is drawn from public documents or private communications with organization officials, employees or members.

Charles C. Haynie, M.D.

For the Hood River

Healthy Water Political Committee

Hood River

Water tastes good

In response to the Salem resident’s letter (April 13 paper), who stated her city water tastes awful with fluoride and chlorine added: May I suggest that it is not the fluoride that tastes, but the chlorine? I have lived in The Dalles for the last 19 years and drink the fluoridated water every day. It doesn’t have a taste at all. In fact, the water tastes really good.

Valerie Herriges

The Dalles

Writer can visit

I would like to say I agree very much so with Allen Moore in that the writer of “The Mexican Dream” (Christian Knight) should get out into the valley more. In the writer’s latest editorial he states that he talked to many workers and farm owners in researching this story. If this is true then he would know from picking pears that you pick into a wooden or plastic bin that when full weighs 950 to 1,100 pounds when filled. I would also like to invite the writer to come up my dirt road to my trailer where I live that sits in the middle of an orchard where my children have grown up.

Steve Moore


Learn English

Most jobs say must be bilingual for Spanish to be hired for employment. Sounds racist to me. I say make them learn English. Or at least make them prove that they are taking English classes. Is that too much to ask?

Ron Morgan


Prove it

Why compromise national security over small town political hackery?

When a true American patriot like Craig Marquardo steps up to the plate to revitalize the port what does he get? A raking over the coals. One of my concerns with this issue is how much energy people are putting into corroborational activities. Oh, to live a life of anonymity. But hey, someone has to be in government.

With it comes the scrutinizing lens of the media. All this bickering over his Purple Heart, the relationship with Spock, his Sting singing, the ball team, the movie deals, you name it. Do we really want to question someone’s integrity who risked their life on a mission to protect our oil supply?

Come on people, Craig could have chosen to live anywhere in the world and he picked our town’s bootstraps to pull us up with him. Together we will rise uber alles. Who knows; they will probably wind up making a movie out of it or us. Won’t that be fab. Think of the publicity, the influx, the traffic.

It’s ironic that every town he tries to turn around, turns on him. His campaign slogan should be “no good deed goes unpunished — vote for me” or “the dog ate my homework — trust me.”

So speaking on behalf of myself and others who are wasting their time to find that one elusive shred of evidence, here’s two words of advice for him from an avid 10-year reader of the Hood River News regarding any one of his claims — Prove it!!

Nathan Salter

Hood River

Credit Lee Schick

I and the members and friends of Asbury United Methodist Church want to thank the editor and staff of the Hood River News for the great article and beautiful pictures of the stained glass windows in our sanctuary.

But I have to correct a misunderstanding in the article.

I didn’t research nor write the material. This was taken from an information leaflet in our church files that was written about 15 years ago by a member, now deceased, Lee Schick. He was an amateur historian and writer and deserves the credit.

Again, though, we certainly appreciate the article on our glorious windows and the original members of the 1912 congregation to whom they are dedicated.

For an inside look call the church office at 386-2587, or me at 386-1587.

Marvin Turner

Hood River

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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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