Letters to the Editor for Aug. 14

Tower not wanted

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation recently put a nice walking/biking path, complete with wooden bridges and bark, along the property located northwest of Westside Elementary School, which is designated part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We, along with lots of other parents, use this path to take our daughter to school.

An out-of-state cell tower building company proposed to put a 160-foot-tall cell tower and related equipment on the North end of this land (near Rocky Road), right where the beautiful new path picks up, and roughly 100 yards from our home. The tower would be 100 feet taller than any tree in the area.

Hood River planning commission wisely analyzed this proposal and rejected it, but the company — American Tower LLC — has appealed that decision.

Our family prefers to see Mount Hood when we walk our daughter to school, not a 160-foot tower badly disguised to look like a tree.

This is bad for our community. Please come to the public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at the County Business Administration Building to show your support in rejecting this monstrosity in our community.

Kim and Jeremy Davis

Hood River

No problem with charter

I have read the Hood River City Charter of 1991. With all due respect to the prior mayors’ opinion on the current mayor’s performance and what he should do, I do not see any evidence of a Constitutional crisis.

The Charter is to be broadly construed and no statement of a power is to be exclusive or restrictive (HRCC Section 5). No court has interpreted the meaning of the Charter, but the mayor has more duties than just to preside over Council meetings (Section 16). He or she is also responsible for appointing committees (Section 19) appointing the City’s officers and approving all documents and records in addition to all orders on the treasury (Section 20).

This is a big job that requires an understanding of what is going on in the city. Instead of putting our efforts into getting rid of the current mayor and trying to predict how a court would interpret the broadly worded Charter, let’s focus on the next election and have a constructive debate on who should lead Hood River with the experience and talent required by the City Charter — as the Charter requires every biennium (Section 9).

Timothy M.B. Farrell

Attorney at Law

Hood River

Say no to big corporations

I am writing to thank the county planning commission for standing up to ATC, the corporation which thinks that their ugly cell towers are more important than our national scenic areas. It’s time for our county to put a cell tower ordinance in place to protect neighborhoods from new cell towers popping up for no good reason other than to put more money in the pockets of greedy landowners and the cell tower corporations.

As a resident of Fairview Drive I know how many people just stop to admire the view into Washington from our road. A huge ugly cell tower “tree” is not in keeping with the integrity of our scenic area.

Please come to the PC meeting, 601 State St., at 7 p.m., Aug. 28, to help us bring a voice to this issue.

Susan Lannak

Hood River

Honor vets with garden

Should the proposal be allied with Defense Dept. allocations, it may be to the interest of many to allot a reasonable amount to develop Veterans Memorial Garden to be created by paid professional gardeners each allotted a reasonable plot along public land close to major population area and each allowed freedom to create their own masterpiece of floral art.

The total cost would probably not be less than a jet fighter and the result, honoring our fighting men should be interesting considering the quality of workmanship displayed to any canny eye on a walk through any upper-class urban area in any city of our nation.

The gardeners, while blue collar, should bring honor to our heroes/heroines by such means and it would be an interesting tourist draw and perhaps timely to some of our now somewhat depressed urban areas like Detroit, for example. Perhaps a major artist might even create a heroic statue to grace such a venue.

Jerry Thorson

Seattle, Wash.

Please clean after dog

I am just a 77-year-old lady who is crippled and has problems walking. I live on Henderson Road. Someone in the neighborhood walks their dog and lets it poop on my lawn most every day and never cleans it up.

I put a sign up to remind the owner and that only made it worse. Today it pooped right by the sign.

It is too bad the little neighbor girls have to worry about dog poop and I have to clean it up because it’s not easy for me. I don’t know your name, but wish you could be a little kinder.

Shirlee Kerr

Hood River

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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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