Letters to the Editor for January 28, 2012

Dependency, Battle of the Birds, Minority shouldn't rule, helpful community


The first time the power went out for 10 hours was somewhat fun. The second time the power outage lasted for 2.5 days. I know of others that lost power for much longer times. Not so much fun anymore.

As I drove to Mill A to borrow a generator from my brother-in-law, I saw what looked like a war zone: Downed trees and power poles.

There amongst the debris; PP&L linemen working in the worst conditions as night began to fall. They too, I assume, have families at home waiting for them. But here they were, working hard for people like you and I to restore the lost electricity that most of us depend on.

As I drove by and waived and gave the "thumbs up," the returned waves were accompanied by smiles.

I am aware that numerous other organizations helped with this vast effort, and I feel compelled to thank each and every one of you. A hot shower, lights on after dark, and cooking inside sure feels great!

Scott Rumsey

White Salmon, Wash.

The battle

of the birds

Outside our sun room we have a moving picture show.

The mystery tree with bony fingers stretching toward the sky is a gathering place for birds. They come each morning for the seed we scatter on the crusty snow. There is a constant flutter as the tiny, energetic juncos vie for the best feeding spot. They spend more time chasing each other than they do to feed.

Even though there's plenty, each wants to claim it all. So, they fly at each other in what seems playful combat.

There are no casualties and all get finally fed. Perhaps it's just a game they play; maybe they haven't evolved enough yet to kill.

Anne Vance

Hood River

Minority shouldn't rule

Just a short note: Ms. (Becky) Brun and Hood River Citizens for a Local Economy, I do not need you or HRCLE to enhance or protect me. I am more than capable to take care of my health, safety and welfare (re: "Group files appeal against City in Walmart decision," Jan. 25).

I am so tired of the minority telling the majority what is good for them! And for the record, Hood River has been my home for 69 years.

Jerry Petricko

Hood River

Helpful community

Hood River is an amazing community to raise your kids and have a business.

During the recent power outage, my business had been without power for three days. I want to thank Lorena Lowell of Bambinos for the use of her refrigeration/freezer while our power was being restored.

What a caring and helpful community we are blessed to live in. Thank You!

Shahira Dobrey

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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