Letters to the Editor for Feb. 20

Why change address?

So I heard from Mike Caldwell, Stonehedge Gardens owner, that they want to rename the new part of Country Club Road they are realigning to Coe Avenue. Then I also heard that he has to change his address from Cascade Ave. to Coe Ave.

Why would Stonehedge, that resides on Cascade, need to change their address that doesn’t even live on the current Country Club Road? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Ron Dunn

Hood River

It’s Country Club, right?

Wow — you can’t make this up. After years of planning meetings with ODOT and numerous agencies to realign Country Club road, it turns out it’s just Coe Avenue after all. What? Coe Avenue? Yeah, Mike, Coe Avenue! You know, like we planned all along ...

Um ... no Coe, ever; I was at those meetings. Hello? Where we conceived a plan to make exit 62 and the re-aligned Country Club Road to be a major gateway to the wineries of Hood River ... Hmm... Politics, much?

Who knows which winery pissed off the Illumati power brokers of our lovely hamlet, but renaming lower Country Club Road Coe Avenue, to inflict financial revenge on a wild seed in the vineyards seems excessive, to say the least. So that can’t be it.

It must be for snow plowing and street cleaning. A demarcation between city and county responsibilities. You know, like the line in between siblings in the back seat of the car on a road trip before DVD players were installed in the headrest, never mind, too childish to consider.

What then? It was supposed to help a failed intersection at Country Club and exit 62 regain its flow and commercial efficiency; you know, so that we can provide goods and services that people want, need and desire.

Oh, Coe Avenue ... where the Coe Primary Building is located. I get it ...Wait? What? It’s 17 blocks east? Well, that makes sense.

Listen up, people! We were never told about a name change as unappetizing and un-tourist-inspiring as Coe Avenue. No offense, Nathaniel. But in this GPS era, we need all the help we can get attracting guests to our businesses.

Country Club — fine! Stonehedge Drive — great! Winery Way — love it! Marchesi Motorway — whoop, whoop! Lobster Lane — Are you kidding? Love it! Viento Avenue — rock on! Cathedral Ridge Road — I’m in! It needs to be named something that inspires commerce and traffic.

Dare I say, “A call to action!” We spend millions on our businesses and pay taxes to cover these improvements. Help us generate the revenue so vital to your survival. Get this: Final decision is Monday at 6 p.m. at 211 Second St., city council meeting. Soon to be renamed (&^%#%$@#$@%*&&^^&).

Mike Caldwell

Hood River

Time’s a wastin’

The debate surrounding climate change continues. Each side attempts to validate their position by claiming their experts are more expert and less biased (by their funding source) than the other side.

I cannot rectify the claim that God placed resources on the Earth for us to use any way we see fit with the idea that we must protect the planet to honor God. How can we believe we have a right and an obligation to drill endless holes and tear down mountains to squeeze every last drop of oil from the ground simply because it exists?

Stewardship has to play a role at some point. These resources are not endless. Does it really take hundreds of millions of dollars and the “right” scientific research to decide if some things are right or wrong for the environment? How about some simple ideas using common sense as a starting point?

Walking inside McDonald’s for a triple cheeseburger even when it is cold is better for the environment than idling your car in a 10-minute line and throwing the garbage out the window. Warming up your car for 10 minutes in the morning is less beneficial for the environment than putting on a warmer jacket.

Allowing companies to dump any chemicals into the air and water they find too expensive to manage under the guise of less government regulation and free enterprise is also bad for the environment.

We’d better get past the childhood posturing of “my dad can beat up your dad” when we compare scientific research validity and realize that the above behaviors are human-created and do affect our planet. It is time to use some common sense because time’s-a-wastin’.

Steve Kaplan

Hood River

Support tuition equity

I applaud Rep. Huffman’s support of tuition equity, HB 2787. Passing tuition equity is good for Oregon. While in the past tuition equity hasn’t been discussed much in eastern and central Oregon, it is time we ensure that every Oregonian has fair access to affordable higher education.

My friends who grew-up in Oregon and went to high school in Oregon should be able to afford to attend college in Oregon. Tuition equity makes the most of Oregon’s investment in all K-12 students and will cost the state nothing.

Passing tuition equity would actually add tuition dollars to our public universities whose budgets are stretched thin. Since many undocumented students who graduate from an Oregon high school don’t currently enroll in college because of the excessive cost, passing tuition equity would allow them to attend a public university and generate additional tuition dollars for those institutions.

Tuition equity is about opportunity, investment and advancement. Tuition equity in Oregon means increasing our state’s competitiveness, it means increasing university revenue and it means building Oregon’s tax base.

These students call Oregon home, and letting them get a college education at a fair price, will let Oregon create the highly skilled and educated work force it needs.

I believe all our elected officials should join Rep. Huffman in supporting HB 2787 and give these students access to the educational opportunity they deserve.

Thomas Worth

University affairs director Associated Students of Portland State University

Hood River

Seek, speak, write truth

The debate on global warming continues! Recently I wrote a rebuttal to a column which was sent to President Obama. In my letter, I quoted some information by Friends of Science and urged that we deal with this topic in a truthful manner. Afterwards, a letter-writer maligned FoS as somehow being dishonest, but gave no hard evidence to support his assertion.

I encourage you to check Friends of Science for yourself. It is loaded with information. Then you be the judge. If you disagree with what is printed and can provide hard, detailed evidence against it, reject it. But if what they print is the truth, act on it.

The American Heritage Dictionary, Fifth Edition, defines “truth” as “1a. Conformity to fact, or actuality. 1b. Reality; actuality.” Truth is discovered, not invented. It is not determined by who discovers it, by emotions about it, majority vote, consensus, “group think,” political correctness, wishful thinking or ulterior motives. It exists.

One of my goals in life is to seek, speak and write the truth in love and grace. But sometimes this may involve being a “naysayer” or “maligner” of falsehood and deception. So be it!

Don Rose, M.D.

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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