Letters - August 20

Vigil for peace

A dozen Hood River residents, several with small children, joined with thousands of people all over the nation on the evening of Aug. 17 to hold a candlelight vigil supporting “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, supporter Susan Crowley of Hood River reported.

Sheehan has been camped near the entrance to President Bush’s Texas ranch in an effort to speak with him about the death of her soldier son in Iraq.

The vigil at Memorial Park in downtown Hood River was joined spontaneously by Rik Burkhart, a Vietnam veteran who happened to be passing by on his way to dinner. “After the first shock and awe attack, I felt this was Vietnam all over again. This war is a manipulated waste of money and energy, based on lies.”

Burkhart, who says he still wakes at night to images of Vietnam combat, added, “We must as a nation figure out how to solve conflict other than by going to war. The pain and suffering those people in Iraq are putting up with now is really sad.”

Susan Crowley

Hood River

Add parking

Re: “Another Voice” by Kurt Osborne:

I agree completely with Kurt’s opinion concerning Hood River.

Recently a neighbor of ours did a little remodeling. They were required to spend money on an additional curb cut and an area for an additional car to park. It didn’t matter that there was parking for one car off-street and two on-street in front of their house.

Why don’t these same rules apply for the condos presently being built in downtown Hood River? Also, why allow office space without off-street parking?

The best way to kill downtown businesses is to make it difficult for people to reach those businesses. I have traveled downtown Hood River many times. It is very difficult to find parking. It is impossible to travel many streets. Many locals do not even try to go downtown. Now, all we need is a new shopping center to draw more people from downtown.

Why not double deck the parking area between Cascade and Columbia? This would at least double the parking area, and since the view for people on Cascade has already been destroyed, it would not affect them.

Leonard Hickman

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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