Letters - July 2

Thomas brings joy

Hood River really has a treat this week thanks to Mt Hood Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine is in Hood River this week, along with some of his friends and Sir Topham Hatt at the Mt. Hood Railroad Station from the Island of Sodor, as seen on the TV program Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on OPB.

Rides are for sale every hour and food and fun as well as additional videos are shown on the half hour. Saturday had crowds of children and their parents taking pictures etc., all around and the fun will last all week, through July 4.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Dying for oil

It is very little comfort to those of us who opposed the Iraq War from the beginning that the majority of Americans are beginning to realize what utter insanity it is for us to be over there at all. There has never been any credible evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, and time has proven what many of us suspected: There are and were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

There was, however, and continues to be oil, huge quantities of oil that has made companies like Halliburton and individuals like our vice-president richer than most of us can imagine. The war also served Bush well through much of his first term, and helped push him into a second, despite an utter lack of leadership and success in every domestic arena.

This is what American men and women are dying for: Not democracy and freedom, as the president likes to pretend, but wealth and power. Thousands of children have been killed and even more orphaned as a result of this administration’s heedless war — a war, it might be added, that people and communities like ours are funding — at the cost of schools, infrastructure development and help to those who most need it.

Let your representatives know that you don’t support this administration’s war. Tell them to demand a precise and realistic exit plan, before thousands more innocent people are killed.

Leigh Hancock

White Salmon

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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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