Letters to the Editor for Sept. 8, 2012

Painless way to help schools

I got a giddy text from my 13-year-old granddaughter early this morning — she’s all excited about everything new — first day of school. Even at my advancing age (62) I can remember all that meant to me, as well as to my children.

Made me think: What can I do to make her education the best it can possibly be?

Later while shredding receipts I noticed on the bottom of one from a local grocery store a “points accrued” message: 10 percent donated to local schools! Mine only amounted to less than $5, but it made me wonder if all of us took advantage of those bonuses TODAY how much could we help our schools?

Corporate America is willing and it is painless —please consider and act now before those points and percentages expire next month.

LaRayne Kayfes

Hood River

Late-night biases

Up until our current Commander in Chief, late-night comedians have mocked, teased and laughed sardonically at all our presidents, giving them an avalanche of insults every night. Wow! Those past Oval Office occupants must have had very thick skins to take all that guff!

But for some strange reason only Barack Obama is almost never mocked or made fun of. Why is that?

Well, I think that either these late-night comedians are afraid of him because he can’t take a joke or they have very enthusiastically signed on as presidential supporters to get him re-elected.

So Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan — hold on tight. Obama’s court jesters are coming after you and only you.

Bill Davis

Hood River

Questions for Romney

On this, the official date for Labor Day celebrations and one on which I normally spend laboring ever since we bought the farm, I offer this open letter to Mitt Romney, candidate for president and claiming that the incumbent hasn’t delivered on his campaign promise to “create jobs.”

My first question to Romney:

What specifically have you done to create jobs with your personal wealth during the current economic disaster (dating from 2008)?

What percentage of it has been invested in job growth?

Name the names.

Why not start today to emulate and demonstrate that which you promise to do with the wealth of the people of the United States of America that which you, personally, have in hand now?

Let me see your answers.

I am sick of campaign sloganeering and half-truths. I may not be from Missouri, but I also require that you “show me” before I take a nibble from your baited line.

Gloria Krantz of Dee

Hood River

Vote English for sheriff

This letter is my endorsement for Matt English for sheriff. Matt has a real commitment to this county that we live in and has many ideas and plans to improve law enforcement that are practical and realistic. He is budget-minded and will make positive changes within the financial confines that exist.

I have impressed with Matt’s integrity and ethics during the campaign process. He has worked hard to ensure that campaign procedures are followed.

Additionally, I have seen the commitment Matt has to his family, friends, co-workers and the community, which I feel is essential for a leader; especially for a leader who is responsible to protect the people in our community.

Christine Keith

Hood River

Keep boat basin open

To whom this may concern: My husband and myself, plus our two dogs, use Nichols Basin almost daily. It would be a crying shame to put a cable wakeboarding park in. It is not what Hood River is about.

Anyone who has lived here long enough knows that we are known for our wind sports, kayaking, paddle boarding, dog play, and much more — not wake boarding.

Please do not let this happen! The majority of this community does not support this decision.

Donna and Alex Roddvik

Hood River

Protect Gorge

The Gorge is on fire, as I sit here writing this the east wind is kicking up, the air is heating up and the smoke is thick in the air 20 miles east of the fire, here in Cascade Locks. People are evacuating their homes and might lose them.

At the same time energy companies and shippers want to ship 140 million tons of coal a year through your Gorge. Long streams of combustibles next to iconic Multnomah Falls.

Walking the rails yesterday two of us found an amazing amount of rotted ties, ties with only one spike, ties out of placement, and top rail metal missing. That’s on one railroad, on one side of the river. Did I mention the dead Scotch broom and other combustibles alongside the railroad tracks?

As I look out my office window I occasionally see bits of soot from the fire, blowing on the wind from 20 miles away.

Help preserve this one-of-a-kind place in your backyard; let Gov. Kitzhaber know we don’t need more combustibles in our Gorge. His citizen contact number is 503-378-4582; when I’ve called it’s been answered by a courteous representative.

Rob Brostoff

Cascade Locks

Cable park well-planned

I’ve recently seen opposition drawings of a plan to develop the Nichols Boat basin. Their plan to improve the area looks like something out of a coloring book.

I’ve been interacting with the Port of Hood River and going to port meetings for five years. I’ve applied to be on the port’s budget committee and have a long track record of working to improve Hood River Waterfront for people who live here, not tourists.

In the past five years, I’ve only seen one of the opponents at port meetings. It’s easy to complain when something is moving forward that you don’t like, but actions speak louder than words. You can count that when the Cable Park project is all said and done, the opponents will be long gone, with none of them willing to work toward any of their plans drawn with a crayon.

We have a mature, professional plan in place that supports recreation in the community for people who live here, funding is in place, and the cable park will raise the quality of life for those of us who live here all four seasons.

Forrest Rae

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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