Letters to the Editor for April 10

Drink cold to get warm

Drinking cold water causes the body to increase metabolism to create heat, which requires calories — a neat tip for upcoming warm weather.

Now where was that ice cube tray?

Donna Gray-Davis

Hood River

Sing for your supper

The 2013 Hood River Farmers Market is about to begin and there is a great opportunity for local musicians to support it.

Every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. there is live music. In return for performing, musicians receive a box or two of market goods which includes seasonal produce, meat, cheese, eggs, bread, etc. They can also sell CDs and promote upcoming gigs.

If you are interested in performing, please get in touch with me: Theresa North, market music coordinator, at 541-386-4074.

Theresa North

Hood River

Kudos to Follies

I want to thank all of the people involved in the Lions Follies production of “Wacky Wild West” appearing this weekend. It is incredible how a small town like Hood River can have so many very talented vocalists, not to mention the people who write and produce the production.

What a treat and for such a worthy cause.

Jan Schott

Fossil

Keep coal out of Gorge

As a registered nurse, a mother and a grandmother, living along the Gorge in Washington state, I want to say we must preserve our clean air, land and water here and worldwide.

Clean energy here is vital. No giant coal corporations, with tons more coal fouling our environment, should be welcome here. This will destroy property values, as well as all of our health.

Coal dust contains mercury and lead, other toxins that contaminate our fish. Diesel fumes contain arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde!

Our grandchildren do not need that in their lungs! Plenty of research shows that coal is not yet “clean” and our children deserve better!

Dorethea Simone

Camas, Wash.

Learn about chemtrails

Are you noticing around The Dalles, or even the Gorge area in its entirety, dead/dying trees, plants or mold infested plants/trees, or maybe stunted blooming/growth or abnormal growing cycles in any plants on your property or just observing outside while you go about your life?

Do you look up in the sky and see strange clouds or solid white lines that seem to spread out or just look abnormal to you? Think our weather has been crazy lately?

I strongly advise you to research geo-engineering/chemtrails on YouTube or other Internet sites. Our weather is being manipulated, thus manipulating the natural cycle of our planet and I am passed the point of caring what people think of me, as long as I can make people aware that it is happening, and it is happening.

I have literally hundreds of videos and pictures documenting what is happening and all of the subsequent dead and dying nature I see around me every day. This is happening on a global scale, but the proof for it is right here in front of all of our faces.

This information needs to be known on a universal scale or else we are all in for a rude awakening. This is not a joke, nor am I pushing an agenda; I am trying to alert everyone of what is happening with hopes of getting it stopped.

Please look me up and contact me if you would like to see my pictures or discuss this further.

Kristy Wallen

The Dalles

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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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