Letters to the editor: June 11, 2011

June 11, 2011

Racers grateful

Dear Citizens of Hood River and surrounding towns:

As a member of the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 Women's professional cycling team, I would like to thank everyone in the Hood River area for your outstanding hospitality during the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

We appreciate the warm welcome into your wonderful community, and the opportunity to race a bike in one of the most beautiful and challenging places in the US.

Chad Sperry (Break Away Promotions) did an outstanding job keeping every rider safe, while providing us the opportunity to race on roads that are unparalleled in the U.S. for their toughness. The support from both the volunteers and fans made the experience of racing in Oregon a MUST to in 2012 as we prepare for the Olympic Games.

Lastly, a big thank you to all the sponsors of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. We appreciate the opportunity to test ourselves on such challenging terrain surrounded by incredible beauty and friendly, welcoming people. We know this would not be possible without your support! See you in 2012!

Giana Roberge

Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Kudos to spellers

As a parent of one of the Hood River County Spelling Contest winners (Hood River News, June 1), I would like to say congratulations!

Also a huge thank you to Cynthia and Charlie Christensen of The Book Stop for generously donating the gorgeous set of Penguin Classics each winner got to select for their own libraries. Such thoughtfulness should not go unaddressed!

Good luck to the spellers at the state fair in September.

Polly Evans

Pine Grove

Best of best

I just finished reading Janet (Cook)'s lovely article on the subject of The Wine Sellers' closing in this week's issue (June 8). While I'll miss The Wine Sellers' ambience, not to mention Cathie's, Jean's and Maureen's warm smiles and great wine recommendations, the article left me with a smile.

Trying many new wines (and knowing that I wasn't the only one who liked colorful, arty labels) has been a great adventure. Thank you, Wine Sellers, and the best of the best for your future endeavors!

Heidi Ribkoff

Hood River

Employed but homeless

I read with great interest your reportage of the Insitu management trying to decide where to put their new campus. My suggestion is to put it somewhere that has available housing.

I am a new Insitu team member, moved here three weeks ago, and have learned that there is no place to live. If they had shared that bit of information with me at the time they made the offer, I most certainly would have declined.

My next move will be into a tent in the nearby wooded area. Don't know how that will work out, but I'll give it a try.

The good news is that Insitu hires the homeless. That is certainly laudable to be sure. The bad news is that I was not homeless until I came to Hood River.

Chris Wilson

Hood River

Letter was confusing

Mr. Steve Kaplan's letter in today's paper (Wednesday, June 8), an analogy about the fox, the farmer and the chicken, is interesting but confusing.

He seems to say that capitalism is like the fox, which will lie to the farmer when he says he only wants the farmer to take down the fence so he can see the lovely view, but will eat the chickens when he gets hungry. And he says that this is the nature of the fox (and the capitalistic monetary system) that we operate under. He seems to decry this when noting that many people lost their entire pensions thru the greed and lies of Enron and similar companies.

But then he states that he is a capitalist, an American, and an employed member of the community. So which is he; the fox, the farmer, or the chicken - or all three? But maybe he is being profound in that we are all at times all three.

A more interesting question - Is Mr. Kaplan satisfied with this system, resigned to it, or would he like to see a change?

Anne Vance

Hood River

Friends indeed

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals and others who offered their aid and comfort to my wife who fell in downtown Hood River recently. Also for the person who called for the ambulance that took my wife to the Providence ER.

The attending doctor's exam showed no broken bones, but my wife ended up with bruised elbows and knees and was allowed to go home that day.

Thanks again to the many Samaritans.

Cliff Nakamura

Hood River

Enough already

I would like to comment on the anti-Sarah Palin cartoon in last Wednesday's newspaper (June 8, Page A4).

Don't you liberals ever get tired of bashing that woman? I know that she often says things that are easy to make fun of and you never let that chance slip by. It doesn't really do any harm, except that it does get tiring. She is easy to attack because she has more power than any other private citizen I can think of. You attack her because you are afraid of her.

No, she probably will not run for president. In fact, she has a wonderful life in a state that is just as special as Oregon used to be.

It really is better to attack Sarah Palin than to do the same to our president. His mistakes aren't funny. They are tragic. His mistakes have sent America to the brink of bankruptcy.

Right now the debt per family according to the U.S. Debt Clock.org is $675,361.00. We can never pay that off. We will be living on borrowed money forever. Our children and our grandchildren as far into the future as we can imagine will have a far lower standard of living than we have had.

So that is the area to go when you wish to chastise someone for their mistakes. Just a note from a red-white-and-blue American veteran.

Mike Farmer

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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