Letters to the Editor for Dec. 11

Tea Party mission

I love the fact that George Selleck takes aim at the Tea Party with an apparently hazy understanding of what they stand for, and no clear example of how they “play on the common ignorance of American history (“Sunshine patriots,” Our readers write, Dec. 7), while at the same time comparing them to British sympathizers from the Revolution who would spread lies because they feared change.

It sounds to me like you are committing the very act your letter claims to detest.

I know we can’t always go by what an organization claims on its website to represent. If that were the case, Democrats would come clean about their venture into the redistribution business.

If we were, though, this is what the Tea Party would be about: “The Tea Party Patriots’ mission is to restore America’s founding principles of fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government and free markets” (teapartypatriots.org).

That mission statement sounds like a radical idea to me, and it looks like you’re the Tory after all.

Kevin Herman

White Salmon, Wash.

Much ado about nothing

As Hood River News subscribers since our arrival to Oregon June 28, 1980, we have been avid readers — I still miss Mary Schlick’s column.

As I’ve been following the news re: Barrett Park, and so disappointed that the permit will not be allowed — as I recall, when the beautiful golf course was being planned, many years ago, there was much ado regarding the nearby orchards being harmed in some way by the traffic, plus all the disturbance that would be caused by the act of putting in the course — dust, etc.

What I’m wondering, after my husband and both 50-plus-year-old sons, and grandsons have played there (and we have all been enjoying Divots) wasn’t there much ado about nothing to the nearby orchards?

If there is one thing Hood River could use, it’s a park! I know Jackson Park is a great venue for all the events they sponsor, but it’s even limited due to the “ravine” — for flat spaces that could be fun for volleyball, croquet, more tables and restrooms and parking!

Thank you, Maui Meyer, for the one vote! To Mr. von Lubken: Thou protest too much.

Jeri Lynn

Hood River

Right idea, wrong subject

Bill Davis (“Time to impeach,” Our readers write, Nov. 23) may have had a good idea about impeachment, but I think he had the wrong subject in mind.

When Supreme Court judges put political party and religious agenda before the Constitution they swore, on a Bible, to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich — under the Constitution and laws of the United States,” they should be impeached.

Antonin Scalia admits he is far right; listening only to Fox “News” and reading only right-wing journalism. He and his like-minded Supreme Court judges have, are and will break their sworn Judicial Oath every time they vote party politics instead of upholding the Constitution. They should be impeached.

Senators and Representatives also swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that “I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” When legislators make up and vote in laws not proscribed in the Constitution, they are breaking their oath and should be impeached.

Their most grievous offense is giving person-hood to corporations and dollar bills (I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who warned against this very thing). All this under First Amendment the guise of the freedom of speech. The First Amendment applies to living human beings; absolutely nowhere does it include money or businesses.

The five conservative Supreme Court judges chose to ignore the Constitution and uphold this unconstitutional law. All of these buggers should be impeached for failure to adhere to their sworn oaths of office.

Gary Fields

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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