Letters to the editor for July 9, 2011

July 9, 2011

Housing needed

Gary Munkhoff says in his letter (June 22) that he and others stopped affordable housing in Cascade Locks; he's correct, they fought it and fought it until Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. finally gave up on the project.

Mr. Munkhoff refers to a project under way: That project is for seniors only; it won't help keep younger people with children in Cascade Locks.

One of the things that happens when you have a dearth of housing is it becomes expensive and hard to find. That's happened in Cascade Locks. The young people with children who would normally find affordable housing attractive and within their means have to live elsewhere; consequently we have fewer children in town, and fewer children meant the closing of two of our schools.

That also means that businesses are less likely to settle here as they want places for workers to live and good local schools to attend, and so it goes; you start moving backward and it becomes more difficult to make positive change.

Rob Brostoff

Cascade Locks

Sign up for Relay team

With a week to go it is not too late to sign up for Relay for Life! Our last meeting is Tuesday, July 12, at the Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, Hood River.

The team meeting is 5:30-6:30 p.m. The planning committee meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You can register at the meeting, online at www.relayforlife.org/columbiagorgeor or at the Relay. You can also contact Veronica Moline, team development chair, at rjmoline@live.com or 541-490-1722.

We hope to see everyone at this community event held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy'east Road, in Odell.

Robert D. Reeves Sr.

Media/publicity chair

Hood River

Recall in order?

Responsible government is supposed to protect the citizens it is elected to serve. It was during the tenure of our first full-time (recently resigned) fire chief that our new fire hall was constructed, antiquated equipment updated, training for volunteers was vastly increased and improved, the certification process increased and the morale of the department was ameliorated.

The recent decision to punish the fire department by reducing the chief's salary by more than 40 percent (other city employees were reduced by only 10 percent) smacks of personal vendetta.

This vote was not a move in favor of fire protection for the community. The city council has succeeded in humiliating and demoralizing our volunteer fire fighters to the point where fewer and fewer of them show up for an emergency call.

The elected officials at the City of Cascade Locks who voted to do this did so without any backup plan right in the middle of peak fire season. It is interesting to note that those on the council who voted to do this are some of the very same people who publicly opposed the construction of the new fire hall in the first place.

This is irresponsible government at its worst. Certainly a recall is in order. The citizens of Cascade Locks deserve better.

Chaplain (Maj.) Patrick Stuart, USAR (Ret.)

Cascade Locks

Historical headstone

Thank you for publishing the article on the Coe headstone replacement project. Since that time, we received a donation from the Hood River County Historical Society to replace our sign (over $300!).

Thank you to the community for helping us to preserve Oregon history. Future projects include a new irrigation system and an updated website.

Donations can be sent to 1235 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031. We are online at www.mountain-viewmemorial.org and Facebook; and now have an eBlog for those who want to learn more about this historic property.

Tim Farrell, president

Mountain View Memorial Inc.

Hood River

CL facts disputed

In his letter of July 2, with its inflammatory title of "Destruction by council," never mind that Rob Brostoff chooses to forget facts. A fact like the new city planner is not a full-time hire, saving us money.

Let's not mention the fact that the fire chief chose to resign only the chief position, assigning himself to assistant chief and talking to the Hood River News reporter prior to resigning via email at 11 p.m., so we really haven't lost a paramedic.

Let's just concentrate on the purported letter signed by 110 citizens. He says they were requesting full funding of the fire and ambulance department. Maybe so; but that letter has never been presented to the council or to the other 900 citizens of our town.

Perhaps a couple of commiserating members of the council have seen it. I know others have not. You can check that out for yourself; every agenda and council packet is available to all citizens on the Cascade Locks website.

Mr. Brostoff insults our current council and the budget committee by indicating that they don't care. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether or not they had a choice would be the better attitude.

I agree that actions do have consequences, as the entire town is discovering regarding past actions of the resignees and the last council.

Katelin Stuart

Cascade Locks

FISH thanks supporters

This past year, the media appropriately highlighted the dwindling reserves of food banks and the heightened need of clients who receive emergency food supplies. As economic uncertainty continues, Hood River County FISH food bank continues to serve many new clients visiting our four distribution sites. Hood River County, as always, provided generous gifts of food items and cash donations to purchase needed foods.

We are lucky to live in a county that recognizes that food insecurity and hunger are not acceptable - a county that supports FISH food bank. In 2010, FISH distributed emergency food to 4,115 families, representing 14,031 adults and children.

We are grateful to all the churches, individuals, businesses, United Way, schools, community groups, hospital, scout troops, postal workers, benefit dances, musical performances, and over 350 volunteers who have enabled us to operate under the auspices of GEM (Gorge Ecumenical Ministries).

FISH is committed to meeting the needs of those suffering from food insecurity in the Hood River, Parkdale, Mid-Valley, Cascade Locks and Mosier areas. Thanks to all who have donated time, money or food. We could not do this without your unfailing support.

Thank you on behalf of everyone whose lives you have touched with your generosity - because no one should be hungry.

Marianne Durkan and FISH food bank steering committee

Becky Bugge

Hood River

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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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