Letters to the Editor for November 24, 2012

Donovan’s family asks for help

Donovan is 19 and was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2011. He received 12 chemotherapy treatments at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and was thought to be in remission starting June 2012.

Then in September, he had a relapse. After two, 72-hour rounds of intense chemotherapy at Providence St Vincent, Donovan is now starting the next stage of his treatment which is a stem cell transplant. The transplant will be done at Providence Cancer Center. It is a very long and hard treatment and Donovan will need all the support that he can get, medically, spiritually and financially. The whole transplant process will take 4 to 6 weeks and about 100 days after the transplant for the recovery. Donovan is a fun, loving and hard working young man. He was working at Little Bit Ranch Supply when he felt good enough between the treatments. His boss, Karen Howard, was a wonderful boss to him. She and Donovan’s coworkers were compassionate and supportive. While he is admitted for his transplant and during the recovery, he won’t be able to work, due to his weakening immune system. Donovan has five siblings and currently lives at home with his younger sister, Julie, who is a junior at HRVHS. Two siblings are live in Montana. The oldest sister lives in Las Vegas, and the second oldest lives here. Donovan is the best son any parents could wish for. He doesn’t question his faith, he just knows in his heart that he will put all of this behind him and move on to bigger things. His church has been a great support to him and we are very grateful! When all of this is over with, Donovan would like to attend college in La Grande with his girlfriend Hannah. She is a wonderful young lady, and she stands by him for better or worse.

If you know Donovan and would like to help him, here is your chance to do so. We didn’t want to do any fundraising the first time he was diagnosed, but this is the second time in one year, and we are not sure we can manage it all on our own. It means a lot to all of us! Donations can be made at Pacific NW Federal Credit Union or at the Funding Jar: http://www.fundingjar.com/projects/143/project-info/

Isabelle Doroski

Hood River

Gift of rainbow

Underwood Mountain is no small “eye candy” on its own, but when draped with Wednesday’s gorgeous rainbow (the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in over forty years here), it’s a breathtaking reminder of how lucky we are... a true Thanksgiving gift!

Catherine Kelter

Hood River

Editor’s note: Miss the rainbow? See page A1.

Stand firm, Mr. President

The following was sent in an e-mail to info@barakobama.com.

Dear Mr. President, Why is the dialog always about the middle class? The middle class, including most of us who are retired, are doing okay; we have food, clothing and shelter. But what I have been reading is that there are many in the lower classes without these essentials; that is what we should be focusing on, but instead are talking about shredding the safety net that sustains them.

And, from what is said (and not said), Social Security and Medicare are also on the table for cuts to pay down the deficit. There should be no compromise on preserving these highly successful programs for coming generations.

It is repugnant to me that politicians think they can make future cuts because present retirees would not be affected and so would not object. Is this what our country has to look forward to — gradual cuts to these programs until there is nothing left? Many Republicans have made a pledge to never raise taxes. You, Mr. President, have sort of, if it’s possible, pledged to not cut Social Security and Medicare. You have the backing of the large majority of the people to stand firm on this pledge. No compromise. If we fall off the cliff, so be it. We can pick ourselves up and start over. Please do not make the so called grand bargain. We voted for you. Now stand firm.

Anne Vance


Unfair logic

How many of the retail executives who decided they should open for business on Thanksgiving worked the holiday themselves?

The logic in proposing that in this economy these retail workers are lucky to have jobs implies that anyone with a job is also lucky and also subject to any demands (excluding illegal) made by their employers. Think about that while you’re working.

Jerry Giarraputo

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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