Letters to the Editor for April 6

Be thankful for park

When I see the incredible colors of the spring flowers and blossoms showing themselves this time of year, I always feel thankful. We should all stop to smell the flowers and take the time to appreciate what we have here in this fine community.

One place in particular that I feel appreciation for is our Waterfront Park. I love that whenever I am there I see a diverse group of folks, young and old, enjoying this amazing gathering place along the beautiful Columbia River.

We all have an opportunity to give back to the park on Earth Day, Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. Please give any time you might have to help us weed and mulch the beautiful landscaped areas. There will be ongoing children’s activities as well, so bring your kids, your gardening gloves, shovels and rakes! (Please leave animals at home for this event).

From noon to 3 p.m. pFreim Family Brewers is donating 50 percent of beer sales to the park! Of course they have wonderful food and kid-friendly drinks available, as well. Thanks, pFreim!

There will also be an opportunity to purchase nifty silipint glasses with the park logo!

Show your love for the park and come on down to dig in the dirt. Then take a moment to sit back, enjoy the community people and place, and be thankful.

Marge Gale

Hood River

Questions for bank

I have been following the latest banking situation in Cyprus and have concerns that it will happen here. I have learned of a joint paper signed by the U.S.-FDIC and Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012 and called the “FDIC-BOE Agreement-Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important Financial Institutions,” also known as the Open Bank Resolution.

Did you know that under this “agreement” the same confiscation scheme that has occurred in Cyprus has been written into law, here in the United States? Did you know that your bank considers your funds on deposit at their institution not your money, but theirs, and as such, are counted as unsecured — and derivatives counter parties are counted as secured!

Did you know that when this Open Bank Resolution takes effect, your funds on deposit will be replaced with an IOU or “shares” in the bank?

Additional references to this Open Bank Resolution are in the 2005 Bankruptcy Law Revisions.

I am asking the following questions of officers where I do my banking:

Is your bank a party to the FDIC-Open Bank Resolution?

Does your bank engage in any Financial Speculation activities either directly or indirectly?

Does your bank engage in any Investment Banking, either directly or indirectly?

Does your bank engage in any derivatives trading either directly or indirectly?

Adrienne Burton-Jones

The Dalles

Not even one vote?

According to the White House and its Barack Hussein Media the re-election of the president was fraudulent-free. Well — not really.

The following report by the American Civil Rights Union was buried by all the TV media except one. Quote:

“In 59 Philadelphia Voting Division, Mitt Romney received zero votes. Not one, zilch. Was Mitt truly hated that much not to get one vote?” (American Civil Rights Union, P.O. Box 96685, Washington, D.C. 20090-6685)

Bill Davis

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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