Letters - June 29

A draft solution

The Republican controlled House of Representatives in order to cover up their failed military/political showmanship in Iraq has taken the first step in creating what might become a flag burning amendment to the constitution.

This is just another display of fake patriotism by a group that almost to the man has never been bothered to serve our country in uniform. If these supposed representatives of the people truly believe that their present war is necessary for the survival of our country they should willingly put the welfare of their own families on the line.

I urge Greg Walden to sponsor, and promote until passed, a constitutional amendment that would require at least one son, daughter, or other close relative of all congressmen, senators, presidents, and cabinet members to immediately enter the ground forces of this country in any and all times of military conflict. Such relatives should be required to enter the service at the rank of private and they could not be given any preferential treatment including politically motivated promotions.

For our truly hawkish leaders, they themselves could of course volunteer to enter the ground services as privates in lieu of the forced enlistment of their offspring. I can’t help but believe that this form of selective draft would have kept our country out of most, if not all, questionable military conflicts we have entered into over the last 60 years.

Jim Denton

Mt. Hood


A note of thanks to:

The Northwest Taekwon-Do Association and Master Gary Muma 7th DAN; Sr. Instructor Jeremy Schultz 4th DAN; George Evans 3rd DAN; Aaron Jubitz 2nd DAN; Mark Day 2nd DAN; Ann Maslen 2nd DAN; Susan Tibke 2nd DAN.

Thanks for their time and efforts on the behalf of the students who tested for belt advancement on Friday, June 17, at the Northwest Taekwon-Do Association at 1203 12th St. in Hood River.

The self-discipline, work ethic and focus you are teaching are indispensable to the developing martial arts student. The Northwest Taekwon-Do Association is a valuable resource to our community.

Kevin Donald

Hood River

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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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