Letters to the Editor for June 30, 2012 print edition

Protect young eyes

In regards to Rodney Espe’s letter, “Stop library porn viewing” (June 23): First of all, thank you, Rodney, for writing such an enlightening letter to the community. I am in complete agreement with your viewpoint.

Imagine this scenario: Big sister takes little sister to story time and upon returning home the mother asks, “How was story time, children?” Little sister responds, “Oh it was great, Mommy, but when big sissy took me upstairs to get her book, I saw a saw a man watching a naked man wrestling a naked woman on a computer screen. It was gross and scary, Mommy!”

Hey kids, come get your virtual “sexual fantasy” at the Hood River Public Library.

Last time I checked, the Hood River County Public Library isn’t an over-21 establishment. This is an institution serving all ages.

As adults in this community, it is our job to protect the minds and hearts of the innocent and create a safe environment for all ages. It’s time to enforce some “rules” or solutions. I’m sure that many people would be willing to contribute funds for a Net Nanny or internet content protection program.

As far as I know, the Hood River County School system doesn’t allow children to view pornography in the public schools. What makes the public library exempt from enforcing the same “rules” or stop-gaps?

Let’s read the basic definition of a library: A public library, or any library (i.e. schools, institutions, social organizations, individual communities) is created with the intention of providing free public access to reading material, with the altruistic goal of educational enlightenment and the better welfare of the people.

Unless you consider viewing porn “enlightenment,” please stop sitting on your hands and come up with a real solution to the problem that allows Hood River taxpayers to be proud of their continued support.

Carolyn Zuck Hood River

Time for discussion

In response to the letter “Stop library porn viewing” (June 23) I usually have an opinion, but for the most part refrain from sharing it unless I feel very strongly. And in this case, I do, so here it is:

Rod Espe wrote about a problem they are seeing in the Hood River County Library lately, several men watching porn. Watching it and children having full view of it.

The editor’s note: “By policy, the library does not restrict computer use based on content, unless people are known to be using the computer for illegal purposes.” Really?

If someone chooses to watch porn in the privacy of their home, that’s their business. If they choose to view porn in a public library that my tax dollars help pay for, now it becomes my business.

Is it time for an updated policy? To the Library Board: Is this really what you think the voters in Hood River County wanted to use our tax dollars for? A vote that took you two tries to get? Internet porn for all?

I think this is a discussion worth starting and hearing. Hood River County voters: Your thoughts?

Ronda Snyder Mount Hood

Revisionist history

As a citizen of Cascade Locks with an interest in the smooth and legal running of our government, I wish to propose a change to the agenda at our city council meetings: I would like to see an agenda item placed at the end of the evening called Revisionist History.

This item would be handled as it is currently by the mayor, as the mayor is actually performing this duty already. Making this action an actual item vs. the current volunteer performance would give it the veneer of propriety and allow our citizens practice at the elegant art of rebuttal, something sorely needed in the current process.

Katelin Stuart Cascade Locks

Grow pears, not park

I want to agree with others that the Parks and Rec people did not do their homework on the property in the Barrett area for a park and since it is in EFU zone it should be used as such. It would grow good pears.

Bob Nickelsen Hood River

H2O quality report

The 2011 Water Quality Report is in. A very lovely little brochure, glossy, full colors, would catch a tourist’s eye.

Is that what we need? A simple black and white tri-fold would have told the same story; perhaps at a fraction of the cost.

Maria Kollas Hood River

Kudos due

Kudos to our mayor and city council for standing up to the relentless and endless pursuit of their goals by the group “against everything.” This group does not represent the majority of us and my sympathies to the mayor and city council who must listen to them meeting after meeting.

Ruth Turner Hood River


I would like to comment on the recent story printed June 27, “CL citizens protest ‘illegal’ city budget.”

I wonder, did the reporter do any research at all on this story? No; in his hurry to get it in the next paper he showed his bias for the five-alarmers council here in Cascade Locks.

Did the reporter read any council minutes to find out what Ordinance 416 was? No because if he had he would have seen that Ord. 416 was an ordinance to attach a new fire suppression fee to our electrical meter.

Did the reporter read any council minutes to see what action the currently unelected council took on Ord. 416? No, because if he had he would have seen that council took no action on Ord. 416.

Instead, in their zeal to offer the citizens’ money as a sacrifice to the Taj Mahal fire station, they chose the path of least resistance and went with Resolution 1053. This is a resolution that has a current fire suppression fee that is attached to our water meter. Passing Res. 1053 increased the fee from $1 to $9 and from $25 to $33!

So in reality the council’s last-minute action offering to put Ord. 416 on the ballot for the citizens to vote on is a non-action and raises more questions than answers.

Does the council intend to add another fee to our electrical meters in addition to the fees already being raised by Res. 1053? Does the council intend to repeal the fees that they just voted in if the citizens agree to switch the fee to their electrical meters? Questions that should have been asked by the reporter.

Either way, clearly nothing is being rescinded as was reported.

Tiffany Pruit Cascade Locks

Learn from our history

I recently read that Ben Franklin invited leaders of the Iroquois nation to talk to the framers of our constitution. The Iroquois told them that no rule or decision should be made without taking the next seven generations into consideration and that women have more empathy for children, the future generations, so their council should be sought out.

Unfortunately, the Iroquois were ignored by their “more civilized” European male invaders (my ancestors) who could not accept wise council. Look how long it took for the U.S. to give women the right to vote.

I am registered Independent and believe the American economy is faith-based, self-fulfilling prophecy. If we don’t believe the economy will get better, we won’t spend so it won’t get better.

“Jump-start” the economy is a nice sound bite that does not address any of our problems. Someone needs to explain how to clean the battery terminals and the economy will start on its own, fix the problem and quit the stop gaps!

We need to believe in our future — and keep in mind the impact on future generations as the Iroquois suggested. As a nation we have borrowed our present from our grandchildren who will be justified in disapproving of our short-sighted actions. We need to learn from past history.

Michael F. Fifer Hood River

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