Letters - April 23

New nightmare

1805 — White Man dream, Indian nightmare.

2005 — Mexican dream, white man nightmare.

Alan Winans

Hood River

Yes on 14-23

The money to fund individual fluoridation is ALREADY in the public school budget! Why are the pro-fluoride lobbyists putting their time, effort, and money into a misleading ad campaign, instead of running with the money that is already allocated, and available to treat their targeted population: the uninsured kids of Hood River. Let parents decide whether they want their kids fluoridated. Please don’t take anyone’s choice away.

We can keep our pure, natural water (hopefully someday without even chlorine!), AND give kids a MONITORED dose of pharmaceutical fluoride (not the kind most cities use for water fluoridation), if their parents feel they are deficient. Let’s respect everyone and everything. Vote YES on Measure 14-23, and keep contaminants out of our drinking water!

Michael Popejoy

Hood River

Thank you for Fest

I am Don Murdoch 0f 7044 N. Villard Ave., Portland, OR 97217, and I was visiting my mother, Sylvia Klahre, of Down Manor for Blossom Festival 2005! A super long weekend! I always enjoy going to the Hood River Valley during the “Festive Mood” all year long, as I was raised there during World War II years as my late father, Clifton H. Murdoch, was canned goods sales manager for Apple Growers Association! During my drive around the Valley last Saturday, I went to Odell Fairgrounds, had lunch, and then walking around, I stopped at the Stadelman’s booth. A name that was familiar from my youth! In talking to a lady, I said I sure recall this company name ... and we talked! She and I attended Frankton Grade School during World War II years! My family and I moved to Portland in 1947. It’s a Small World after ALL.

I served USN-USNR 1955-1962! I was wearing my USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) ball cap, as board member Portland Chapter U.S. Navy League. Our group toured this great Ship last Fall in Bremerton, and today, they are in the Persian Gulf! I show my support to those in uniform today! Go, Navy, Go! Thank you, Hood River Valley, for having me at the Blossom Fest 2005! See you in the Fall!

Don Murdoch


Support wilderness

Let’s talk wilderness. There are exceptional wild lands around Mount Hood and in the Gorge that I believe should be permanently protected. I think it’s time to get serious about a new Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness bill.

Senator Wyden’s visionary bill last year included areas such as forestlands around Lost Lake, Tilly Jane, the White River Canyon, Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, the north-facing mountainsides of the Columbia Gorge, the rocky ridges in the vicinity of Lookout Mountain and others.

I love to hike and photograph in these areas. Experiencing the beauty and solitude restores my spirit. One time at the top of Lookout Mountain, I saw a large swarm of brightly colored butterflies heading due north. Wilderness provides critical habitat for plants and animals large and small. Wilderness provides for a quality of life that Oregonians need and cherish.

Most importantly, wilderness and rare old-growth forests over 1,000 acres in size are for future generations. Protection of critical water supplies. Quiet recreation. Spinoff benefits to our local economy. The stunning views that we now enjoy from places like Lost Lake and Columbia Gorge waysides.

I call on Congressman Greg Walden to now provide bold leadership in drafting a wilderness bill that we can all be proud of.

Darryl Lloyd

Hood River

Yes, do tremble

In his letter of April 16, Mr. William H. Davis, Jr. says he is trembling over the thought of the Senate majority using the “Nuclear Option” to ensure their way with court appointments. We should all tremble if not shake with outrage at this threat. The Nuclear Option does not simply mean the “majority rules” as Mr. Williams so glibly puts it. Rather it means trashing the First Amendment. It means an end to democracy in the Senate.

It means taking right-wing extremist policy to the point of destroying the third branch of our government. It means eliminating the checks and balances built into our constitution by our founding fathers. It means setting a dangerous precedent against our democracy. It shows an arrogance of power. Yes, Mr. Davis, you should tremble, we all should.

Gary J. Fields

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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