Letter to the Editor for April 21 2012

Learn about H2O

No to Nestlé Water privatization! No!

I am deeply saddened and concerned to see the momentum that is happening in regards to Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant in Cascade Locks. If you think this might be OK and a good thing for the local Cascade Locks economy — or whatever reason you think it might be OK or not a big deal — I would strongly urge you to pull up your Netflix queue and put as number one the movie “Tapped.”

It is a horrifyingly informative documentary film on the history of bottled water and its effects on the planet; and if not stopped, the possible effects on the future of our sacred rights in regards to water on this planet.

Please educate yourselves on this matter. I’m certain many of you who think it’s no big deal would come to change your minds. Inform yourself sooner than later because they are in their less-than-upfront, sneaky and powerful bulldozing, corporate-greed way pushing big-time to do their thing right here in our neighborhood; and if you wait too long it could be too late and you might be sorry! I know I will!

Pamela Dussault

Hood River

Elect Tiffany

I was so glad when I heard Gerry Tiffany was going to run for sheriff. Being somewhat familiar with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office I know that Gerry is the absolute best candidate for the position due to his past performance record, many years of experience and training and his excellent moral character.

Politics is never fun or easy, and unfortunately it’s not always honest and trustworthy either — I think we have all had our fill of political rhetoric in the news! However, this particular race, often overlooked by many, is so very important to our community and hits very close to home for our family.

Gerry will be a sheriff who will put the needs of the people first and not his own personal agenda; he is not power-hungry or boastful; he gives credit where credit is due by always acknowledging the contributions of other agencies and working to develop a good rapport with those agencies; nor does he want to lead for the sake of leading.

Gerry is a leader, a leader with integrity, whom we can all trust, respect and depend on — that’s been proven!

Dianna Tomson

Hood River

Tiffany has experience

I have worked with all three sheriff’s candidates. I am well aware of their qualifications and abilities and you should also, before you vote for your next sheriff. It is a known fact people running for office often make false claims about their qualifications and abilities.

When you look at Sgt. Gerry Tiffany’s “Compare the Candidates” in the Hood River newspaper, his website or fliers you can know it is factual. The sheriff candidate’s training records are public record and verifiable at the police academy by contacting Rebecca Hannon at 503-378-2328 or dpsst.records@state.or.us.

When you look at Sgt. Gerry Tiffany’s qualifications compared to the other candidates, you will have the proof that he is the most qualified for sheriff of Hood River County. I have found Sgt. Gerry Tiffany to be hardworking, diligent in his duties and in no way self-serving.

As a detective sergeant (supervisor) Gerry knows how to take care of his officers. I believe this is in part due to his supervisor experience in the military and private sector. Sgt. Gerry Tiffany has been a supervisor most of his working career. That experience makes him a great leader.

Gerry is not for sale! Please don’t let this race be bought by advertisement. Please base it on training and experience. Join me in electing the most qualified candidate for Sheriff of Hood River County. Vote Gerry Tiffany for Sheriff.

Jim Tomson

Captain HRSO (retired)

Hood River

Seeing pink

For sure: Now’s the time. Quick! Before it gets away! Now is the time in our town, to drive up 13th so you can turn down 12th and take a right on May and a left on Ninth.

Pete’s sake, what for? “Pink” is what for. Someone has planted pink trees all over town and at 12th and May you’ll see a nice new nest of pink all at once.

Donna Gray-Davis

Hood River

English is leader

I support Matt English for sheriff. I believe he will lead the sheriff’s office with the community’s best interest in mind.

Matt’s leadership abilities are unparalleled by most individuals I have worked with in my life, including my time in the military and deployment to Iraq. His work ethic exceeds any expectation one would have to make an outstanding leader in most all types of ventures.

Matt’s integrity is likely unmatched by most other peers, both within the law enforcement field and the community in general.

I truly can state that I know Matt would lead the sheriff’s office from the front and would energize the team atmosphere, creating a cohesive environment for everyone. Matt is a true leader and is dedicated to our community’s future.

Travis Paulsen

Hood River

Cig butts send message

During Earth Day clean-ups on Sunday, cigarette butts were the most-collected item. These butts not only tarnish our beautiful outdoor spaces, they poison our waterways and are costly to clean up.

Most Hood River residents don’t smoke. Yet when kids see places littered with cigarette butts, it sends the message that smoking is the norm. This makes them more likely to give it a try, which is exactly what the tobacco industry wants.

The Surgeon General’s recent report noted that the tobacco industry continues to pursue youth as customers. After all, most smokers start before age 18. Kids who smoke miss more school, and are less likely to achieve academically and in the workforce, which is not good for anyone.

We can change this. Please support smoke-free parks, fairs and other public gathering places. If you smoke, please throw your butts away. And if you want to quit, call 800-QUIT-NOW. Learn more at www.smokefreeore-gon.com.

Lorena Sprager

Healthy Active Hood River

Hood River

Vote Holste

I am writing to you for the upcoming election. I think we have some prime candidates running for sheriff in Hood River County — especially having Neal Holste running for sheriff.

Neal Holste is an upstanding Christian family man who has dedicated his life to the police force for a number of years. He is well liked and will do an outstanding job for our city.

I think Neal Holste would make an awesome sheriff for the county of Hood River. I hope he wins. It will be the right thing for all of us.

Amanda Mooney

Hood River

English is leader

I support Matt English for sheriff. I believe he will lead the sheriff’s office with the community’s best interest in mind.

Matt’s leadership abilities are unparalleled by most individuals I have worked with in my life, including my time in the military and deployment to Iraq. His work ethic exceeds any expectation one would have to make an outstanding leader in most all types of ventures.

Matt’s integrity is likely unmatched by most other peers, both within the law enforcement field and the community in general.

I truly can state that I know Matt would lead the sheriff’s office from the front and would energize the team atmosphere, creating a cohesive environment for everyone. Matt is a true leader and is dedicated to our community’s future.

Travis Paulsen

Hood River

Support people of CL

I really enjoyed the April 14 “Another Voice” article from Cascade Locks about the CAVE (citizens against virtually everything) people. I have yet to hear any positive suggestions from the anti-everything folks as to how to improve our local economy by creating jobs.

So far the general cry is always “The sky is falling,” or some version thereof. I would like to see some sympathy and support for the people of Cascade Locks.

Ruth Turner

Hood River

Keep ‘water independence’

Declining resources yes, but for water — no substitute. All of us are well aware of the issue of declining oil resources. The cost of a barrel of oil keeps going up and we know there is no end in sight. But we are searching for other alternatives — solar, wind, natural gas etc.

Many of us however are not aware of another declining natural resource — and that is water. All around the world, large bodies of water are drying up. Even in our country, the Colorado River is so depleted that it no longer runs to the ocean. Recent projections on Lake Mead (behind the Hoover Dam) is that it could be dry by 2021.

The reason we should all be far more concerned about the depletion of water is that there is no substitute for water and every human requires it to live! Without oil, we may have significant discomfort; but humans have lived for thousands of years without oil, but can’t go a week without water.

Selling our natural water rights to a multi-national corporation like Nestlé is a huge mistake. We threaten our very existence by selling our water rights and will impoverish the Gorge in the future as water becomes ever more expensive and in short supply. The short-sighted gain of a few jobs that could be created by Nestlé will never compensate for the fact that they own a precious resource that we all need.

We seek “oil independence” from the Middle East through solar, wind and alternative energy sources. We are tired of being beholden to others who own this resource and force us to pay high sums for it.

In the Gorge, we have “water independence” through the natural springs that are a part of our region. Selling our natural water rights to Nestlé is to enslave our future.

We have a choice to make: Say NO to selling our water rights to Nestlé.

Ann G. Kramer

Hood River

Fraternally yours

I think we need to take notice of our fraternal clubs around us. They do and have done a lot for the community.

I speak of the Hood River Elks 1507, the American Legion Post 22, the Eagles 2150 — they have done a lot for charities in our town. Now they need us to help them or there is not going to be any Elks, Legion or Eagles.

We need to step up and pay our dues and go to our clubs at least once or twice or more a month to have lunch or dinner, and see some old friends you haven’t seen in a long time.

Come down and play a good game of cards, maybe a little pool and maybe a drink, and just see what you have been missing this winter. There have been a lot of things going on with our clubs — and by the way, women can join these clubs, so as the old saying goes, it’s not about the men any more (sorry guys).

So take a friend out for lunch or dinner at your club and ask them if they would like to join?

Lyla Parrish

Parkdale

Help protect dolphins

I am in first grade and my school is learning about endangered animals. I chose to learn more about why dolphins are endangered. I found out that one of the biggest threats to dolphins is from pollution: both marine debris and invisible toxins we create every day.

Marine debris is anything from a sandwich bag thrown into the ocean to a lost fishing net. Many dolphins accidentally eat marine debris causing injury and death. Toxins can include things we use every day, like our automobiles, air conditioners and household products. These all create many toxins for the dolphins.

Please think about everything you do and how it might affect the ocean and the dolphins. Every day you have the opportunity to choose and change your behavior. I want to do better and try to help save the dolphins! I hope you will too!

Bree Albiston

Hood River

Just thinkin’

We were just thinkin’: Do any of the three candidates running for sheriff have their pilot’s license (like Joe)? And do they know how to ride a horse (like Joe)?

Scott wants to know if they can they hunt down an elk (like Joe)? Scott of course does not want to offend any vegetarians, he just wants to know if the candidates can read a Metzger map, compass and track someone in the snow, on foot, by horse, or by air?

We are assuming they know their business in forensics etc. Hold your horses, we’re just thinkin’: This is also a compliment to Joe for all of his talents.

Gail and Scott Hagee

Hood River

Cable park ups image

A cable park in Hood River will only make this town even more world-class!

Joby Cook

Hood River

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