Letters - Jan. 4

Casino is clean

I’m starting to feel like a broken record, the Randall brothers’ mistaken comments keep on coming, regardless of their obfuscations and mistakes.

I can tell you that if you want to read the actual documentation relating to the casino issue in Cascade Locks, you only have to look to the Cascade Locks Web site, just Google it.

The actual documents are on display there. This project will not occur in the Scenic Area, it will occur in the city of Cascade Locks. The Gorge Scenic Act calls for economic development in appropriate areas.

We in Cascade Locks realize that economic development will take place here in the form of tourism. This is a clean and environmentally sound use of our industrial park.

A casino doesn’t put us at risk of smoke stack pollution, it doesn’t endanger us in terms of heavy metal pollution, anyone who has seen the mockups of the building would say it fits harmoniously into the Gorge, certainly more so than other former industrial sites in the area, I invite you to support clean industry and jobs for all in the Columbia River Gorge.

I will make myself available through the Cascade Locks city hall to any group that would like to hear our perspective on the proposed resort/casino project.

Rob Brostoff

Cascade Locks City

No cartoon trees

They cut a tree down in my neighborhood. They said it was a nuisance.

It was a great healthy oak. Now the squirrels must cross the street on the pavement. A nuisance they said; squirrels a nuisance.

Property owner rights withstanding, this tree did not obstruct a view, nor interfere with utility lines. It was not rotten or a danger, it was not a mutilated, amputated or a cartoon-sculptured tree.

Trees that look like that are the work of the utility contracted tree trimmers. You know them by their amputated branches cut to clear a path for wires. Great firs mutilated to let lines pass through. Ghoulishly they line our streets. Look around. Find the butchered trees and name them as you name cloud shapes on a summer day. This is too silly for Hood River.

Trees are our largest plants. Left alone they grow into beautiful shapes. Cut them down and where do the birds sit? On the utility lines? It is hard to build a nest on a utility line.

If not for the life of a large plant, or the history of the tree, then for the beauty of our town, Hood River it is time to put the utility lines underground. Think about it.

Maria B. Cook

Hood River

Yes to casino

Yes to Jobs! Yes to Education! And Yes to Protecting the Environment!

The no casino group says no to jobs in the Gorge.

The no casino group says no to education.

The no casino group says no to families wanting to provide for their children.

The no casino group says no to doctors, dentist and social services.

The no casino group says no to higher education.

The no casino group says no to protecting the environment.

I would like to see a list of the “no” casino members. How many of them live in Cascade Locks or even in the Gorge for that matter?

The “no” casino members that live in Cascade Locks make up less than 1 percent of our population.

If the “no” casino group has so many supporters why do they have to round up members from everywhere other than Cascade Locks?

Why are their members and major contributors other casinos and the Restaurant Association? In fact, I bet if you took all the legitimate members of the “no” casino group they would not amount to even 1 percent of our population, and based on our population that is not saying too much for the “no” casino group.

The people of this town have spoken. The majority say yes to jobs! Yes to education! Yes to survival! And yes to a nice Resort/Casino in Cascade Locks!

The “no” casino group has no real supporters! They just seem to have the money to blow a lot of smoke. I wonder where that came from?

Lynae Hansen

Cascade Locks

Angel of mercy

Prior to the Christmas holidays, I went to downtown Hood River to shop. Being unable to find a parking spot for the physically disabled, it was necessary to park by Sheppard’s store on State Street.

I walked from that area to Ikote’s and the Post Office without my cane.

The time came to head back up the hill and I knew I was in trouble half way up that hill. My back would not cooperate and I just knew I would not make it.

While pondering my fate and leaning on a building, a young lady came to me and said “I think you need some help.” She helped me to the corner of State and Second. She asked me if I would be OK and I answered “Yes, thank you.” We went our separate ways at that point.

Realizing I did not know her name, I just wanted to publicly thank the “Angel of Mercy” who took the time to care.

Deloris Mehlhoff

Hood River

Don’t forget dream

On behalf of the Board of Directors for HOPE (Housing for People, Inc.), I would like to congratulate Habitat for Humanity on the completion of their first home project.

While one home will not solve the affordable housing shortage faced by all Gorge communities, it will solve the issue for this deserving family. More importantly, Habitat for Humanity’s successful completion of this home shows what people can do when they band together to help others.

HOPE’s May Street project, to provide ownership housing for 24 working families, will break ground in late spring.

Added to the 16 family-owned self-help homes in Odell, the 24 rental units of Wy’east Vista, 28 units at Bella Vista, 25 Riverside units, 48 Columbia View units, and the six White Salmon Senior Apartments, this project underscores HOPE’s continuing commitment to providing affordable and safe housing for Gorge residents. In addition to Habitat for Humanity and HOPE, Mid Columbia and Columbia Gorge Housing Authorities have successfully completed affordable housing projects in The Dalles, North Bonneville, Roosevelt, and Moro.

However, these organizations, alone, cannot solve the problem of affordable housing in the Gorge. I urge people concerned with the lack of affordable workforce housing to contact city, county, state, and national elected officials, calling for building regulations and legislation that will set aside 25 percent of all new housing developments with four or more home sites for affordable workforce housing. Such a requirement would help ensure that the people who provide needed services and add much to our cherished lifestyle will be able to live and raise their families in the communities where they work.

If the American vision of safe and affordable housing cannot be a real possibility for all it will, to the detriment of all, become a forgotten dream.

Gary Young

Chairman of the Board

Housing for People, Inc.

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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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