Thursday, November 10, 2005
For the first time ever, a nationally-syndicated columnist will speak in the Gorge — that is, unless you count Eleanor Roosevelt who was here back in the 1940s to ‘christen’ the Bonneville Dam with FDR. I am sure she didn’t speak in Hood River, though. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Norman Solomon, a progressive journalist and author, will speak at the HR Hotel Ballroom. He will be selling his latest book; he has recently returned from Iran and he will discuss the New Orleans hurricane tragedies. You won’t want to miss this.
A day of action
If we are a government “of the people, for the people and by the people,” then “we the people” must step up to the plate and demand honesty, accountability and competency from our government. The current administration has failed miserably in all of these categories.
“We the people” have an opportunity to join with millions of other Americans, across the nation, to send a message to Bush and Company. “Resign Now.” To participate in this National Day of Action on Nov. 2, don’t buy anything.
Don’t buy gas, groceries, meals, no shopping of any kind.
This idea may seem far-fetched, but we must remember that “We, the American people,” made the Civil Rights Movement happen. Remember that “We the American people” brought an end to the war in Vietnam. Remember that “We the American people” forced Nixon to resign. We can do this because we are the “can” part of American!
There will be a rally at noon on Nov. 2 at the Hood River Overlook Memorial Park on State Street. Later that same day and location there will be a candlelight vigil starting at dusk. Please come. We need your help. Spread the word.
Price of growth
The front page of the Kaleidoscope section (Oct. 19) asks the question “Where will the sidewalks end?” I’ll tell you where. They will end when Hood River looks like every other city who looked at growth as the magic answer to all its problems.
For 25 years the powers that be have embraced the idea that all growth is good without looking around to see just exactly what it is that makes Hood River such a wonderful place to live.
Now those same powers should delight in driving around and around downtown looking for a place to park. They should delight in large classrooms, over-stressed social services, and something lasting longer than the rush-minute traffic we used to have. Where, oh where are you now that we need you, Tom McCall?
Don’t cut services
While there are probably some citizens among us who have never needed food stamps or Medicaid, it would be a rare college student who has not used a student loan or a laid-off worker who does not file for unemployment benefits. These are the services slated for deep cuts by the Republican budget proposal. Will Congress turn its back on the neediest among us, who, increasingly, are the average citizens of this country?
No longer free
It’s a mystery to me! Oregonians overwhelmingly passed Measure 37 to restore a constitution promise to citizens who lost their property rights. Now our Judicial branch declares it unconstitutional to restore those rights.
The mission of the Gorge Commission (GC) is to “protect” the Gorge Scenic Area. In their wisdom, the GC has denied their only application to preserve a national historic site, the View Point Inn. They left the door open to lump all historic sites even though there are no other applicants. Of course this delay makes great sense to bureaucrats who have no investment so they have nothing to lose. It is a terrible blow to the View Point Innkeepers who made their application over a year ago and are struggling to stay financially afloat while the GC ponders their right to earn a living on their property. They have restored the beautiful Inn but it needs more repairs before winter arrives. Should they make a greater investment in what might be a dead horse? Who cares? It is a beautiful national historic site where famous people have enjoyed the unbelievable view of the Gorge west.
It is a very sad day for “freedom” in Oregon. Without property rights, we are no longer free. I wonder what will be next; religion, guns or speech?
Hood River people need to turn out and watch and hear the Gorge Commission in their city on Nov. 15. For those of us who were at Stevenson for the October meeting, we are still in shock. After hours of testimony and hundreds and hundreds of letters in support of the re-opening of the Viewpoint Inn (in Corbett), the wise commission said “No.” Why did the director decide to find other historical sites? Why did they try to lump it all together? The Viewpoint Inn has been before them for a full year – how unfair can you be? And why would the three county appointees from Oregon be the ones who said no? This wonderful historical inn needs to re-open. The equal part of this Gorge legislation is written that economics is equal to the preservation. That means the Viewpoint Inn owners simply want to take advantage of using their property for what it was intended for and therefore assist in the economy. Where are all those who love to restore historical buildings? The Viewpoint Inn is in desperate need of repairs to maintain this gorgeous place. They can use help from those who belong to the Historical Society and want to save this history. And what can be done to stop this out of control, un-elected, two-state commission that is so out of control? It is time for our elected officials to find the answers to this. Twenty years of destroying economics and peoples’ rights is too long. See you on the 15th.
Getting you going
The Hood River News recently (Oct 15) ran a reprinted editorial from the Peoria Illinois Star titled “Salad Days — Expanding middle threatens long life.”
The researcher quoted in the article from the Illinois Coronary Improvement Project advocated a better diet, consistent exercise, tobacco abstinence and to “embrace a lifestyle change, rather than a diet, for long-term weight loss.”
Eat less and exercise more. Most people know all this, but do they do it?
In case you don’t know, we have a wonderful resource right here in Hood River to help people accomplish this obvious, but often difficult task of “embracing a healthier lifestyle.” Since 1996, Providence Hood River Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Programs have provided dietary, lifestyle, and supervised exercise programs for people ready to make the change, but who need some outside, professional support. Our nurses, exercise specialists, counselors, and dietitians are here to help. This year, thanks to generous donors, we even have unused scholarships available for new participants who have financial need or insurance that doesn’t cover the program.
PHRMH Cardiac Rehab/Cardiac Risk
UPS drivers’ thanks
This is a thank you letter for the communities of Hood River, The Dalles, Wasco, Dufur, Tygh Valley, Wamic, and Maupin who rallied around a UPS family after their lives were turned upside down. The family is Mark, Gayle and Lindsey Holland of The Dalles. About a year ago Gayle was diagnosed with cancer. Mark missed a lot of work driving Gayle into OHSU for chemo treatments. One of our drivers suggested a benefit garage sale to help financially. After Mark’s customers in his delivery areas heard of the benefit on Oct. 8, donations started pouring in from Dufur, Tygh Valley, Wamic and Maupin. The sale was such a success, and donations still available so the benefit ran through Sunday.
Thanks go to Alan and Kate Bailey for their hard work, and trips to pick up donations. Arlene Allegre, the queen of cinnamon rolls, who made around 80 for the benefit, along with Jill Cannon who donated the coffee, and Rosauers the cups. A special thanks to Barb Ritoch and Linda Mills for their coordination skills in running the benefit, without their help it would not have been such a success. A very big thank you to Shirley Nickelsen for providing the property for the benefit.
A special thank you to the Bank of America in The Dalles for setting up the family trust account. They were very professional and helpful. Anyone who would like to donate can still do so at any branch of Bank of America through the first of the year.
Thanks to everyone who donated items or cash for the benefit, your support and love is truly appreciated during this difficult time.
May she rest with God forever; Gayle lost her battle with cancer at age 43 on Oct. 6, 2005.
Willy and Mimi Williford
Alan and Kate Bailey
Mark and Lindsey Holland
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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