Letters to the Editor for October 5, 2011

Student seeks HR info, breastfeed 'like a lady,' letter peeves, more...

Student seeks HR info

My name is Harmony and I am a student at Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, Ore. I am researching your county for my U.S. History class. I would really appreciate it if any of your readers would like to send me postcards, information, links, or other stuff about Hood River County.

Please send them to my teacher, Mr. Burgess, at: Hidden Valley High School 651 Murphy Creek Road, Grants Pass, OR 97527 or stuart.burgess@threerivers.k12.or.us.

Thank you.


Grants Pass, Ore.


like a 'lady'

Yes, Kimberly, there is a law in the State of Oregon which allows a woman to breastfeed her baby in public (Our Readers Write, Sept. 28). However, as I witnessed others in church and other public places nurse their babies, I learned there is a discreet way a "lady" feeds her baby.

When I breastfed my baby, I used the same method of 1) always wearing a button-front blouse; and 2) wearing a bra which was specially made for breastfeeding; and 3) placing a cotton diaper or small blanket over my shoulder to give my baby and me privacy while breastfeeding.

While there is no law against me shopping in Rosauers in a bikini, being a "lady" I wouldn't dream of doing so. So, I guess it comes down to whether a person is exposing their breasts in public, doesn't give a hoot about themselves or others around them, or prefers to act like a "lady."

Dorothy Herman

White Salmon, Wash.

Taxed thrice?

First, let me say I am not being sarcastic but I do have a question: I am unemployed for nearly 10 months. I receive the least amount available. Out of that amount, I pay nearly 17 percent in state and federal taxes.

While I was working, I also paid that same 17 percent for state and federal taxes. In addition, the corporation I worked for paid taxes quarterly for my wages. This means that taxes have been incurred three times on the same money.

Is there something wrong? Am I missing something?

Cydney Linden

Hood River

Letter peeves

We have the constitutional right to express ourselves via "letters to the editor," and he has the right not to print them. It's his paper!

However, I find disturbing:

1) Letters that "bash" the use of drones in warfare for the defense of our troops.

2) News articles that give face to demonstrations against drone manufacture.

Don't these actions encourage the enemy? I call that treason!

Put yourself in the middle of a 110-degree desert with sand blowing in your face; no showers for weeks; only finger food to eat; bullets flying in your direction; dying for the freedom of others.

War is hell!

Other "thorns" in my flesh are the character-bashing letters directed at Congressman Greg Walden, who not only has the support of about 70 percent of the electorate, but also has the support of his fellow democratic congressional constituents for his leading role with legislation involving broken promised veteran's benefits. A "salute" to Greg from our former troops for that one.

Then there was that pre-election letter from a "loco local" that criticized his platform statement, "I listen to God and my party." Sounds good to me. After all, 96 percent of the Declaration of Independence signatures were from God-fearing men, and it's good to have God on your side. Can't get any higher than that for help.

Also, at present, Congressman Greg Walden is taking the lead amongst his fellow congressional constituents in supporting the Gorge Heroes club, a group of mothers and friends that are meeting monthly to assemble and send care packages to our troops in the war zones. (They meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at WAAAM.)

The troops thank you, Greg, the Heroes Club thanks you, Greg, and I thank you!

P.S. To be a part of the Gorge Heroes Club support group, send your tax-deductable donations to: Gorge Heroes Club, 1767 12th St. #113, Hood River, OR 97031.

Alan Winans

Hood River

Stop coal exports

A wake-up call for the Gorge:

I attended a "Friends of the Gorge" meeting recently and became alarmed about an issue that should concern all residents of Oregon and especially those who live in the Columbia Gorge.

As most people are aware, China has become the number one consumer of coal for industry and energy. Much of that coal is burned to satisfy their huge and growing need for electrical power. Why should this concern us?

Did you know that coal miners in the Powder River Basin are trying to export coal through the Gorge? Coal mining companies in Montana and Wyoming are working on huge port development projects to ship hundreds of millions of tons of coal by railroad and barge through the Gorge to proposed Coal Export Ports near Longview, Wash., and other sites in Oregon on the lower Columbia River. Increasing U.S. coal export capability to Asia would have many negative impacts including:

Harm our communities' health as the coal is burned and toxic Asian power plant emissions blow back to the Northwest, before going ton to pollute the air and water around the globe, and harm to the Northwest as tons of toxic coal dust is deposited along the rail transportation lines and at ship loading facilities on the lower Columbia River.

Increase of incentives for companies engaged in harmful mining projects in Montana and Wyoming that destroy land and poison water. They will prosper at our expense.

Significant increase of rail traffic in the Columbia Gorge, as coal trains will run 24 hours a day, as many as one train per hour, 365 days a year. We have chosen to live in a transportation corridor, but this would cause a whole new level of train noise pollution, as well as new railroad crossing safety issues for the entire Gorge. This parade of non-stop coal trains will surely degrade the current appeal of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area as an international destination for recreation and tourism, hurting many local businesses.

This is a perfect opportunity to think globally and act locally! Please act to help preserve the quality of life in the Columbia Gorge.

What can you do? Raise awareness of the issues, for a start. More info available at www.sierra-club.org/coal/coalexport, and also at: www.coalfreeoregon.com.

Please act! Contact friends and Gov. Kitzhaber and other public officials with a letter to simply state: We strongly oppose exporting coal and urge you to apply your leadership to prevent Oregon from facilitating any coal infrastructure or transportation in our state.

Help Oregon lead the way in creating a truly coal-free Northwest.

Jim McKee

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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