Letters - June 11

‘Dear Soldiers’:

Dear Soldiers,

My name is Callie. I live in Underwood, Wash. I am six, almost and a half. Please try not to do anymore war after you read this letter. Please work it out by using your words, not by trying to kill people’s lives. In kindergarten we learned to use our words instead of hitting and instead of killing. You can compromise by not killing people’s lives.

I love you.

Callie Crumpacker

Underwood, Wash.

Thief took trust, too

Whoever stole my purse on Thursday, June 9 took a lot more than material things. Yeah, you got my money, my ID, credit cards and lots of little stuff that you probably found amusing. I’ve spent two days trying to stay one step ahead of you in canceling everything. Most importantly to me, you got the lucky green stone that my father carried in his pocket for over 20 years. Since his death two years ago, I have carried it in my purse. I also had one of his cuff links that I was going to have made into a ring. That dream is gone.

You took more than could be replaced. Why? Just take what you want or need, but please just drop my purse in the nearest mail drop box. You have taken not only my trust, but a piece of my father that I can’t get back. For that I can’t forgive you.

Sherry M. Ervin

Hood River

Revise Measure 37

Last fall Oregonians passed a new property rights law, Measure 37. The Measure 37 campaign was funded overwhelmingly by the two industries who stand to profit most from the measure: timber and building. A recent poll shows that if more voters had fully understood the ramifications of this measure, it would not have passed. It was flawed in many ways. I urge you to fully consider the ramifications of this Measure, which was rewritten by Sen. Ringo as SB 1037, before it was referred to the Rules Committee on June 1.

In 1919 my grandfather, Charles King Benton, bought some of the state’s best farmland, in the Hood River Valley, and planted fruit trees on it. For more than 85 years it has been in production.

Measure 37 and its rewrites have put much of this kind of land on the block. If it is sold as residential property there IS no going back. A small number of landowners will benefit financially from this legislation, and they will profit at the expense of nearby ranchers who have been able to make a go of it in the fruit industry, and at the expense of neighbors whose land will surely decrease in value. Designing land planning for the financial needs of a few property owners should not be done at the expense of everyone else. Surely there is a better way to manage our rural areas.

The Oregon Legislature (Rules Committee) is now working on a bill that could begin to unscramble Measure 37. We do not need to legislate, sell, cut, pave and deliver up this land in one year. It appears that this issue will not be settled this month; we may be hammering it out for years to come.

Please contact your legislators with your point of view. A better law must be forged. Much of this land has been producing fruit for close to 100 years. We do not need to legislate, sell, cut, pave and deliver it in 360 days.

Emily Carr Keesey,

Hood River native and property owner


‘Classic’ kudos

On behalf of all the organizers of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, I would like to thank all of the people who made this event possible. The support we have received from the community over the past three years has been overwhelming. From the residents of Eastside Road to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department, people from all over the Valley have bent over backwards to make this event successful. It would be impossible to thank everyone involved, but recognition must be given to Shane and Julie Wilson of Discover Bicycles, Dave Tragethon and Dave Riley and the rest of the staff at Mt. Hood Meadows, Jody Gehrman of the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, the City of Hood River, the Downtown Business Association, Hood River County, the City of Mosier, the Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Hood River Elks, and, of course, Full Sail Brewing and the rest of our fabulous sponsors. We could not have done it without the participation of these wonderful organizations and people. The feedback we have received from the riders has been amazingly positive and many are planning to return next year. With over 450 riders this year, we are sure that our event has had, despite some inconveniences to local residents, a positive economic impact on the Valley. We are especially proud of the Downtown Criterium and would like to thank the over 2,000 spectators who came out to show their support and enthusiasm for national caliber bike racing right here in Hood River. We are already planning for next year and hope to earn the same level of support from the community. Thanks Hood River, we could not have done it without you!

Jeff Lorenzen

Technical Director

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic

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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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