Letters to the Editor for Sept 17, 2011

CL recall vote, Terrorists won, Idling wastes fuel, Why did USFS wait?

Save our city

Keep your family and property safe. Vote yes on George Fischer, Kevin Benson, Don Haight and Tiffany Pruit.

No on Lance Masters; he cares about our city and people.

Our future depends on proper management, truthful information, listening to citizens. Too long our city has been not what it should be.

We can change that by informed correct yes votes. Put our city back on the right track.

Nancy Renault

Citizens for Proper Change

Cascade Locks

Tragedy: terrorists won

The "American Tragedy" didn't happen on Sept. 11, 2001; it happened in the days and weeks after, as people reacted. Reacted like the driver of a car stung by a wasp, panicking and waving arms around until the car ran off the road.

The terrorists won. They didn't win when they hit the towers; they won when we ran the country off the road. That is the ONLY way terrorists can win: by causing a self-destructive reaction.

Four thousand dead? Forty thousand die in car accidents every year. In terms of loss of life and monetary damage, the Twin Towers attack was not a big thing. It was merely obvious. It was a spectacle put on by a savage and evil advertisement specialist - bin Laden.

Why did we fall for his ad? Every time we mention it we are saying to potential terrorists, "If you attack us, you will be heard. You will be spoken of for years. All you need to do to wreck us is give us a tiny sting."

Adrian E. Fields

Hood River

Idling wastes fuel, too

I would like to add to Beth McCullough's letter (Don't Pollute, Sept 10): Not only does idling pollute, but also it's wasting fuel.

With rising fuel costs, turning off your car while you're in line at the local drive-through bank, coffee shop, fast food place or waiting to pick up your kids from school increases your fuel expenses, too.

Linda Short

Hood River

Why did

USFS wait?

I am still wondering why the Forest Department decided to have a "wait and see" approach to the Dollar Lake Fire. What, or "who," would be the benefit from such inaction?

Will this be used as an "enabler" for logging operations to harvest thousands of acres in Mt. Hood National Forest which would otherwise be inaccessible? Will we continue to allow clear-cutting here in this highly sensitive area?

We probably would not have a fire like this if hot-dry winds were not blowing from the clear-cut areas through the remaining forested areas. We also would not have such devastating floods and erosion or a huge Hood River delta which has nearly choked off the Columbia River.

How long will we "wait and see" while our local environment is destroyed before our eyes and becomes deadly?

Robert MacFarland

Hood River

Know your Constitution

Meditation for Saturday, 17 Sept., 2011. On this day in 1787, 39 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia:

To fellow citizens, all - voters, abstainers and all those who can't qualify for that esteemed privilege and duty because of one regulation or another:

Don't just remember what you think is in that document as it evolved throughout our short history as a nation. Read it and the stories of those who dared to create and amend it. Then you'll have material worthy of cogitation and possibly further action.

Gloria Krantz of Dee

Hood River

How will

you vote?

Tuesday the 20th the citizens of Cascade Locks will decide whether they believe their current city council has acted appropriately and met their standards for moral and ethical behavior, and performed to their expectations.

I ask them to consider: Is your fire department operational; how about your EMS; are the mutual aid agreements still in force; were they when this council was seated?

Did your city council go through excessive money for attorney's fees and are they continuing to do so? Did the mayor authorize and the city pay $650 for a second auditor's report to skew the budget process in order to fire your award-winning fire chief?

Did your fire/EMS volunteers leave on this council's watch? What human resource violations occurred; will they lead to lawsuits? Has our city lost key valuable employees? Will the former city administrator the council hired file suit against them as he has threatened?

Will our former fire chief file suit against the city and some of the council personally? Have city officials knowingly committed building code violations, denying the city potentially thousands of dollars as asserted by a citizen?

This election will be a referendum on the council; how will you vote?

Rob Brostoff

Cascade Locks

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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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