Editorial: Walden for Congress

Rep. Greg Walden

Rep. Greg Walden

Eight terms later, Second District Democrats are still clamoring that Rep. Greg Walden’s political success is an anomaly, based in large part because he hasn’t had any competition. We say, poppycock.

Walden continues to be attuned to the issues of his vast district (eastern and central Oregon, as well as part of southern Oregon). He continues to realize there’s a necessary balance between the environment and economy when utilizing our natural resources. He knows the realities facing small businesses, including seemingly suffocating and sometimes inconsistent rules and regulations. Because of these reasons, and more, Walden is our choice to endorse for another stint in Congress.

For years, Walden has been the only Republican in the state congressional delegation — something that likely won’t change Nov. 6. He has proven he can work across party lines — the most recent term, with Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio.

That won’t be good enough for some, including the increasing number of Democrats living in the Gorge. They will vote party line, no matter who is on the ticket (and yes, the same could be said of many Republicans).

We say, look beyond the party colors. Who will best serve Hood River County?

Will Joyce Segers? An Ashland resident, who moved to Oregon in 2009, Segers is challenging Walden again. She did so in 2010, a year removed from Florida, and was soundly defeated.

Walden still has work to do. Two years ago the Republicans vowed to change things if they took over the majority. They were critical of then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s touted bullying tactics. The Republicans won back the majority and … well, they essentially did the same things they accused Pelosi of doing.

As a member of the House Republican leadership, Walden is in a position to help change that stance. His rise in stature, since being elected in 1998, is valuable for rural Oregon and our county. The Hood River News recommends voters allow him to serve another term.

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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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