Thursday, November 3, 2005
The front page Hood River News headline “Cascade Locks allows Aryan rally” was off the mark. It should have been “Cascade Locks targeted by racist hate group.”
Review the history of the “No Casino” Web site to understand why a group like this would be attracted to Cascade Locks. The blatantly racist early postings have been placed with tasteless cartoons that personally assault the entire city staff.
Months ago, a small group of out-of-state racist activists attended a Town Hall meeting. They asked to be directed to Richard Randall and the “No Casino” group.
Mr. Randall said in Another Voice that he is proud of his behavior and credits himself for saving our community from “devastation.” Then, he somehow tries to equate this to the resort-casino development. Never mind that this has been six years in the planning, with multiples of opportunity for participation at every stage of planning.
Mr. Randall calls for a more inclusive, more open way to do public business. He attends few meetings. Should there be more for him to avoid? He says he is very concerned about “preserving the long-term economy and quality of life in Cascade Locks.” Hello! We do not have these things to preserve. Our town has been struggling to survive for years and so have many of the families who live here. Mr. Randall has a personal vendetta due to his failed attempts at seeking public office, respect and affirmation.
The city did an excellent job with a bad situation. It was the public that encouraged the use of the Marine Park be expanded. There were several public meetings, unattended by Mr. Randall, to determine what uses would be beneficial to the port and to the city. The event had very little impact on our city, despite considerable effort by Mr. Randall to stir things up. An egomaniac has his fun with the press, we all get stuck with the bill. There’s that pesky First Amendment again!
Thanks to the quick reaction on the part of port officials and the consideration and generosity of the Warm Springs Tribes, the event was relocated to the Warm Springs casino site at the east edge of town, mitigating the impact of Cascade Locks and its citizens.
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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