Letters - Dec. 31

This town is kind

The holidays give us a time to especially remember special acts of kindness.

As volunteers with Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), we were particularly impressed with the generous response our own Hood River County School District and Best Western Hood River Inn made to the busload of college students whose bus was involved in a multiple vehicle freeway accident during an early December storm.

Fortunately, none of the students were hurt, but all were shaken up and the weather was terrible.

Hood River school buses arrived at the accident scene to take the stranded students to the Hood River Inn, where they were graciously welcomed to the Gorge Room.

The staff brought in food, coffee and even a television to help them pass the time before another long distance bus could come and take them on to their school. We were there to provide listening ears and to encourage them to keep talking if they needed to.

The students couldn’t believe a town this size was so willing to try and make their mishap a little less traumatic.

We aren’t surprised, because we live here, but we want to acknowledge and thank these two local institutions for their help in a crisis.

Jackie Henson

Belinda Ballah

Gloria Needham

Cathy Funez

Julie Moe

Trauma Intervention Program

We the people

I find it interesting that those who think that a judge has the right to overturn the will of the people in this state like to quote the Constitution. They claim that this document is to make it equal for all — well, try to explain that one to all those who own property in the Scenic Area. For 20 years these property owners have lost their rights, their lands and their heritage for the “good of all” and without compensation. It is very easy to claim that it is okay to take away property rights but those who truly read the Constitution know better.

It is also obvious that those making these claims against Measure 37 have not paid the price that others have — this too is not “equal.” If your land is taken —— it was yours and when the government or anyone else takes it without paying —— that is called stealing. How soon we forget 20 years ago when some so-called intelligent people wearing red nearly took over the entire Wasco County. No judge should have the authority or power to undo the will of the people in the voting process. Government was established for “We the People” and by the people and we will reclaim it.

Bobbie Miller

The Dalles

A water question

Today I heard the water rates in the City of Hood River are going up about $5.

The water line for the city runs down my street, but I got a notice that says the water rate for me will be raised $30.

The city and the county use the same water —— so why do county residents pay so much more for the same water?

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Leila ‘got ‘er done’

Having just logged on to the Hood River news Web site, I quickly noted the story regarding the passing of Leila Crapper. The article summarized very briefly this lady’s accomplishments. My first thought was to submit a letter listing all the things she has done that I’m aware of; the problem became obvious, where to start and where to end. This fine lady will be sorely missed in the Hood River area for her continuous efforts to keep the veterans’ recognition as an ongoing event.

Memorial Day, Veterans Day breakfast and programs all had her untiring efforts as just a couple. She refused to allow these things to fade away. I wonder now who will carry on for her. She was a “Git ‘er done” person. Her memory will live on for a long time.

Tom Walston

Columbus, Ohio

Pick up partnership

I found your recent (Dec. 21) article (on) Dave Riley of the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort re: well-groomed ski runs’ enhancement of the Natives’ huckleberry harvest, both a bit mind-boggling, and encouraging with its created partnership with the Meadows management and the Natives.

My first interpretation was that of a promotion for more ski runs, thinking that the berry boom was happening within the run area. My second was: Mr. Riley patting himself on the back for what proves to be a “fact of the forest”? (Take out the big guys and the little ones will show THEIR stuff.)

This article is timely and I thank Mr. Riley for it, in hopes that our senators studying the Mt. Hood National Forest’s needs see the beam that it cast.

Forest Service – wake up! Re-open those decommissioned logging roads and let the sun shine in on the huckleberries. WE old white man berry pickers would love for you to do this.

Alan Winans

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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