Letters - May 25

It was flouride

Now the citizens of Hood River are protected from having such dangerous chemicals as fluorosilic acid, which is a bi-product of phosphate fertilizer production, added to their drinking water. Huzah!

However, I am slightly amused at doctors Charles Haynie and Kyle House, who were the driving force responsible for the distribution of propaganda stating that measure 14-23 was attempting to trick voters into inadvertently banning fluoride outright, now concede, “Measure 14-23 is not about fluoride ...”

If they agree that Measure 14-23 was not about banning fluoride, then why the aggressive campaign against it?

How could these men argue for adding F6-Si.2H to our water instead of plain old FL?

Oh well, common sense prevailed in the end. See you in November.

January M. Vawter

Hood River

On deconstruction

Saturday’s Home & Garden section featured an excellent article about the multiple benefits of dismantling buildings versus throwing them away (creating jobs and providing affordable local building materials through the tax-deductible act of donating waste!). As director of our local reuse store (Gorge Rebuild-it Center), I am excited to watch deconstruction evolve into a valid option that both competes with and supplements traditional demolition methods.

I see a short-term problem with deconstruction, though I am pleased that the long-term solution is simply job creations. Consistent with a national trend, there is a shortage of licensed and qualified deconstruction crews in the Gorge to handle the dramatic increase in demand. (Note: That White Salmon house was deconstructed by a crew from Portland). Deconstruction is viable. It is tough work. This evolving niche of construction requires specialized training and networking among others in the trade in order to be effective.

Gorge Rebuild-it Center hopes to launch our own deconstruction business this winter. Meanwhile, for those contractors who are interested in focusing on deconstruction, we want to help you find the information and training needed. And we will refer jobs to you for bid. Any questions, please contact me at Gorge Rebuild-it Center.

David Skakel

Executive Director

Gorge Rebuild-it Center

Hood River

Informed ‘right’

It’s humorous that Teresa Webb would suggest that I should apply for a position in the president’s administration. Let me assure her that I cannot rise to the level of intelligence and, more importantly, restraint that these fine people demonstrate daily. They are under constant attack from liberal extremists like Bill Moyer whom Ms. Webb holds up as a bellwether journalist.

To postulate that the media is right-leaning is simply absurd. One only needs to read the rabid attacks on anything conservative by the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian and on and on. The major TV networks are even worse. How about a positive article on Big Business, where the vast majority of America’s jobs come from? All we see is negativity and whining.

To presume that I am ill-informed is an insult. I travel the world as an international construction engineer. I have been in 70 countries on 6 continents in the last ten years. I have been in almost every U.S. state in recent years. I interact with thousands of issues. I assure you, I am well-informed.

To paint me as “right-wing” is a typical reaction of the type of people who see a conspiracy in the fact that they lost the last few elections. If you do not agree with these people, you are “right wing”, an epithet to them. To set the record straight I am pro-abortion, pro-union, pro-gun, pro-business, pro-American and anti-liberal. If all this makes me “right wing” then so be it.

The liberals would like to think that they have all the answers to American’s problems and I applaud them for their intellectual efforts. The problem is that they are also convinced that if you do not agree with them you are an ill-informed moron.

For surely when the truth is evident, only one course of action is possible — their course. Any free thinking, intelligent human being will see through their logic to real truth that lies behind the “smoke and mirrors”.

I am proud to have George Bush as our president. That’s more than I could say when Clinton was in office.

Cliff Mansfield


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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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