Letters - May 21

Kudos, condolences

While I am not a lifelong resident of Hood River County, I have resided here long enough to remember what it was like before so many came to the valley professing that they liked the way of life here but were intent in changing that way of life to make it “better” for those that had managed quite well without outside intervention.

With that said I would like to offer my congratulations to Don Hosford, Fred Duckwall, and Kathy Watson on their re-election, and my condolences to Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Cory Roeseler, and Craig Marquardo.

Harry Adams Sr.

Hood River

‘Get ’er done’

The community spoke with the pencil and made clear that jobs are important in their minds. The Port Commission had been backed but the “recreational voice” was also heard. Hopefully those who ran against the incumbents now realize there is a county that has interests in the Port for more than a playground. The existing Port Commission was correct in working for job creation so those of us outside the city can see chances for our kids and ourselves to replace jobs lost to timber and declining profits in the fruit industry. That is not to say that many in the city don’t feel the same way.

I only hope that those who have done their best to stop progress on the Port will now at least recognize that they are not the majority. Their voice should still be heard but perhaps now the personal attacks and pettiness that has plagued the Port body will end and they will work WITH instead of AGAINST the will of the people. Recreation should not be forgotten, but a balance that has been projected should become reality.

My hat’s off to the Commissioners that have “stayed the course” on our whole county’s behalf (yes, that includes Cascade Locks.) Now you can “get ’er done!”

John Alley

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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