Letters to the Editor for May 1

Fishing Freeloaders

Friday I thought I would go a day early and camp before opening trout season at Laurance Lake. What I saw was a certain group of people fishing illegally. Not only were they fishing illegally but also they were taking native trout and could care less about a limit.

Where are our game wardens? This happens all the time, and what do we pay our fees for? I know the first time I would cheat; I would get a ticket. Could someone from Fish and Game comment? I never see game wardens up there and I fish there a lot!

Jim Burdick


Johnson too busy?

Rep. Mark Johnson is a person with strong ideas and a history of community involvement. However, his absence at local school board meetings during the last year borders on neglect.

After last week’s letter to the editor about Mr. Johnson being too busy in Salem to be present at Hood River School Board meetings, I checked the district records.

It turns out that this year Mr. Johnson has been absent 41 percent of the time. This is at a period of time when we are in financial fiasco created by oversight and inattention.

The job of the school board is to oversee the district; it’s policies, programs, and operations. Two years ago, state funding was decreased and Hood River was forced to close Pine Grove School, cut over 35 staff, and lost many support services for students. It was painful, but done with the assurance that from here forth, Hood River would have a stable school budget.

The result of this promise is a projected $1.4 million shortfall for next year. Being present to oversee the operation of the school district does not mean that you are not in attendance for significant portion of the board meetings.

Asking critical questions and examining expenditures in our local district is something that cannot be done from committee meetings and speeches in Salem.

We could have used Mr. Johnson’s assumed financial expertise here in Hood River. It is time for a change. I am voting for Mary Reynolds the write in candidate running against Mark Johnson.

Jerry Mohar

Hood River

Reynolds for School Board

I would like to highly recommend Mary Reynolds for school board. Mary is an educator who consistently and tirelessly advocates for children.

Throughout her years in teaching, she has always endorsed and supported educational practices and curriculum that are in a child’s best interest.

I have known Mary for 13 years. We served on the Mid Columbia Reading Council board together and attended many Oregon Reading Association conferences.

While soft-spoken, Mary has a remarkable way of identifying the heart of an issue with her fierce intellect and looks outside the box for solutions. Mary cuts to the chase and gets the job done, sprinkling her wit along the way.

Mary is running in opposition to Mark Johnson for position 6 and is a write in candidate. It’s time we had a position 6 school board member who thoughtfully supports children and education.

Keri Bradberry

Hood River

Glasses lost, help!

While spending several days in Hood River this last week, I lost my prescription glasses. I was at Down Manor, Expertec Auto Repair, a Beauty Shop in Odell, and Hood River Hospital.

The glasses have progressive lens and wire frames in a black soft case. If anyone has found them please contact Bobbi at 541-386-2207 or Ruby at 503-393-8334. Thank You

Ruby Pantalone


Jazz thanks

In my five years living in Hood River, I’ve missed live jazz. Except for these, for whose generosity of their talent and spirit I am most grateful: John Bryan, guitar; Susan Crowley, bass and vocals; Bob Green, percussion; Dave Henehan, guitar; Diana Lysgaard, bass; Paula Runyan, mandolin and vocals; Mike Stillman, sax; Alan Taylor, horn and vocals; Linda Taylor, keyboard; Dennis Williams, sax.

Gathering with joyful spontaneity, working with no permanent name, not locked into a musical category, they simply, wonderfully, play together. We enjoy them Fridays, 5 p.m. at the Gallery 301, southwest corner of 3rd and Oak. Check it out.

David Hupp

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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