Letters - Dec. 21

Watering plan

Let’s see, I start with 10,000 gallons of water. The city then takes 5,000 gallons and charges me $5. Such a deal. I can hardly wait until next year. Another 5,000 gallons and another $5.

At least I won’t have to worry about a dripping faucet. These people should be selling waterfront property in New Orleans. It’s like someone selling me a car, taking $500 off and keeping the wheels and tires so I can conserve gas.

Fortunately I have a contingency plan in place to conserve water. Monday, the dishes, Tuesday, wash clothes, Wednesday, water the flowers, not the lawn which is already brown, bathe Thursday. If you do, you’ll never get lost, because if the wind is right your friends will find you and the weekend is reserved for flushing the toilet. And for the afore mentioned reason, they’ll always be able to find your house.

Until next time, I remain your humble but confused servant.

John Codino

Hood River

‘Sucker’ hunch

The Warm Springs Tribe, which once lived along the Columbia River, now wants to build a casino in the Gorge Scenic Area.

Instead of fishing for salmon, they now plan to ‘fish’ for suckers.

George W. Earley

Mount Hood

Big gamble

Anyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will not forget Dollywood: all the busses, cars, and noise, bright lights, exhaust fumes, and traffic jams.

Now, I like Dolly, but I wouldn’t wish something like it on the Gorge — the Vegas-style casino proposed for Cascade Locks.

Incredibly, some of our elected officials are working to put a 500,000 square foot mega-casino right in the middle of the Gorge. Can they imagine the effect of adding 3 million gamblers a year traveling through the Gorge in their cars and busses?

The traffic congestion?

The increased air pollution?

The inevitable pressure to build and develop?

If I were a business owner in the Gorge who serves people who surf, ski, fish, and hike — I would be worried. Who wants to come to an area with such a reputation?

Do you drive SR-14 or I-84? Do you think that adding the busses and cars for 3 million gamblers a year is going to affect you? You bet.

Some still believe the myth that Hood River has a viable site for the tribe. But, it’s just not so. And, there are other reasonable alternatives for the Warm Springs tribes, outside the Gorge.

And, how will the enormous profits be used? Can you imagine their effect on political campaigns, lobbying, and state ballot measures?

In a recent Oregon state poll, 67 percent said they would vote against a casino in the Gorge if it were put on the ballot.

It is time for the governor, Greg Walden, and other officials to become better informed. And, it is time for all those who love the Gorge to take action.

Lawrence Jones

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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