Letters to the Editor for Aug. 3



Data might have helped

In the Hood River News on Saturday I read a letter from Bob Kovacich. In it he said Rep. Greg Walden is in favor of NSA storing data on Americans.

The Boston Bombers were American citizens. If we had data on them we may have been able to stop the Boston bombings!

Greg Walden is the Republican representing District #2 in the state of Oregon. The district covers over half the state.

Leonard Mays

Hood River

You don’t know Obama

The National Committee representing the Federation of Responsible Citizens is asking those of us who believe in defending the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution to write to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and tell them that we fully enforce the 22nd Amendment that firmly states by law that a president will never serve more than two terms or eight years.

The National Committee investigation has discovered that President Obama’s allies in Congress, in the liberal progressive media, and in the White House, are doing everything they can to overturn, overrule and repeal the 22nd Amendment so that Barack Obama can serve as many terms as he wants.

Wake up, America. This president is not who he seems. You may love him; you may hate him; but you don’t know him.

National Committee Project of the FRC, P.O. Box 96417, Washington, D.C. 20090-6417

Bill Davis

Hood River

Lions serve

Families in the Park, Front Page, Fajitas being served by the “Odell” Lions?

There seems to be some confusion about which Lions Club is which.

We have the original Hood River Lions which is celebrating its 75th birthday this week. Then there is the Columbia Gorge Lions, based in Cascade Locks and Stevenson, the Odell Lions, the Hood River Eye Openers Lions and the Hood River Leos (teenage Lions).

Week one of Families in the Park, the Eye Openers Lions teamed up with Juanita’s to serve a fajita dinner. Mighty fine dinner. On the 8th of August the Eye Openers Lions will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs.

Some members of the Odell, Hood River, Leos, and possibly the Columbia Gorge will be assisting us. But the Eye Openers is the one that signed the contract with Community Ed.

Also the proceeds from our dinners goes back into the community in the form of support for Community Ed, scholarships and monies for Lions Sight and Hearing needs. While the Eye Openers is known as the fireworks club, none of the proceeds from Families in the Park go to the Fourth of July show.

Lions — We Serve.

Russ Paddock

Charter president,

Hood River EyeOpeners Lions

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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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