Letters - June 1

Out in left field

In a recent letter to the editor, the writer quoted some of Bill Moyers’ latest speech. Hmmmmm. That’s illuminating. You see, Bill prides himself on being the champion of unfair and unbalanced commentary. His asinine assault of Condoleezza Rice after she became Secretary of State was outrageous. He proclaimed all she ever did was wrong! No exceptions. Do you think Bill would be fair enough to mention how she prevailed as a black child despite a lot of hardship that included having to fight discrimination? No way! Bill couldn’t do that because she’s not out there in left field with him.

William H. Davis, Jr.

Hood River

Liberals for America

In response to Cliff Mansfield in the May 25 “Our Readers Write.”

You, like many right wingers, make a lot of accusations without using many facts. The myth of the liberal media is one of the many “big lies” of the neoconservative movement. True, there are some liberal newspapers, as there should be. Liberals make up half the country, don’t we have a right to voice our opinion? There are also conservative newspapers as well, and that is as is should be, as well. An informed news consumer would want to hear both sides before making any decision.

As far as network TV news being liberal, no way. TV has consistently underreported scandals associated with the current resident of the White House. If they were truly liberal would they have spent the eight years of the Clinton administration reporting, over and over, the pseudo scandals put out by the neoconservatives, which in hindsight turned out to be “smoke and mirrors.” How many Americans remember President Clinton was acquitted in his impeachment trial?

You complain that TV news is anti business, but I think if you look, ever national news broadcast contains a “Business” section yet I never see a “Labor” section.

The University of Wisconsin School of Media did a study just before the recent Presidential election and found that a majority of Bush supporters believed that weapons of mass destruction were found and that Iraq was instrumental in planning and carrying out the 9/11 attacks, both of which are false. Sadly, the right wing is misinformed.

I don’t understand why you say you are anti-liberal. You agree with us on abortion, unions, and being pro-America. I know many liberals who hunt and fish and many who own a business. So what are you against? Join us and help America move forward. We need more informed citizens to speak out. Show your patriotism by helping the liberal movement fight corruption, bigotry and ignorance.

Richard de la Tour

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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