Letters to the Editor for July 25, 2012

Respect flag

The Hood River Lions Fourth of July parade is over and a piece of history. Myself and other Hood River Lions were placed along the parade route just to “keep an eye” on things.

One thing did catch my eye. Flag etiquette seems to be a thing of the past. I noticed grown men not bothering to remove their hat nor place their hand over their heart as our American flag passed by.

We seem to forget that this is Independence Day and not just a day for getting free candy, barbecues, etc. Think of all the Independence days gone by and let’s please show some respect for “Old Glory” when she passes by.

Judy Judd

Hood River

Port made

for business

Is this a joke? People from Portland and Arizona plus so called “Friends of the Hood River Waterfront” are filling a lawsuit against our city for the Nichols Boat Basin being an endangered area for salmon? Do they have any idea what used to be there? And what is in the water?

I know. I moved here in 1994 and worked at the boat works for over two years. I remember the talk with Bobby Nichols that the port raised the rent of the dock wall area to $5,000 a month which he said was to get the boat works out of there for the last motel that never got built.

That being said, after I was laid off after building four 300-foot grain barges with them, Nichols was not awarded a bid to build 10 more smaller grain barges and folded. I decided to stay here and became a licensed contractor so I could do the work when it started.

Now 16 years later, it looks like I still have to wait. Is not the port area manmade for business? I can see someone wanting to paddle board in there as I used to jet ski in it myself. But what a joke to bring up the endangered species act.

You might save some carp. I’ve seen them in there. But come on, friends. Call a spade a spade and just be up-front with what you really want and not make a joke out of it. And let’s just hope the storm that brought us the new acreage also buried everything else that was in there.

Sean M. Palmieri

Hood River

Don’t think?

“Texas GOP Pounds Education with a Board” so might read a news headline. Columnist Leonard Pitt Jr. of the Miami Herald reported this wording of a plank from the 2012 Texas GOP political platform: “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order thinking skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education which focus on behavior modification and undermining parental authority.”

“Holy wow” is right, Mr. Pitt. Just think — oops, wrong idea — if parents are bigots, so should be their kids. Likewise for racism, homophobia and any number of narrow mindsets. Heaven forbid anyone telling children there are other ways to think about a subject, idea or fact.

It is no wonder our political system, country, environment and world is so screwed up.

Gary Fields

Hood River

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