Saturday, December 7, 2013
Letters to the editor, or “Our Readers Write,” is an essential part of the community forum, and the Hood River News welcomes them.
There are three basic requirements in getting a letter published:
Did you attach your name and a phone number?
Is the letter 350 words or fewer?
Does the letter avoid incorrect or malicious content?
Meet these criteria and you’re pretty much assured of getting your letter printed. No elimination is done based on topic or point of view; although we do reserve the right to select from similar letters on a given topic, for space reasons.
Shorter is better. Concise letters are not only better-read, they are more likely to be published because limited space is available.
Almost any point can be made in 350 words or fewer, so this is set as an upper level for length.
Thank-you letters are in nearly every case placed in the Neighbors column.
We do not print unsigned or “Name Withheld by Request” letters, nor those signed with fictitious signatures. Copied letters sent to public officials also are not published.
We limit letters on a subject when we feel it has been thoroughly aired, to the point of letters becoming repetitive.
Also rejected are letters that are libelous, in bad taste or personal attacks on individuals or private businesses. Writers must include addresses and telephone numbers. These are for identification purposes only, and will not be published.
Meanwhile, we’re compiling our annual list of all the year’s letter writers, for publication in late December; the more the merrier.
Flags Lowered: Dec. 9, Nelson Mandela
Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Dec. 9, in memory of Nelson Mandela. The vanguard of the movement to end apartheid and the first black president of South Africa, Mandela died Dec. 5.
“Nelson Mandela led an incredible and inspiring life. Oregonians join the rest of the world in mourning the loss of this true giant,” said Kitzhaber.
For the full Presidential proclamation go to:
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge