Letters to the Editor for January 12, 2013



A little intrigue

I have a large, framed photo of Jessie Matthews. On the back is written: British Actress, singer, dancer. At the bottom it is signed:

“To Marjorie, with lots of luck, Dear,

Love, Jessie”

I went on the Internet to Google and found that Jessie Matthews was born in 1907. She was on the stage in revues and musicals in Britain and the U.S. from 1917 through at least 1958. She appeared in the following films:

“The Good Companions” (1933)

“Evergreen” (1934)

“It’s Love Again” (1936)

“Head over Heels” (1936)

“Tom Thumb” (1958)

Why do I write about her? I don’t recall seeing or hearing about any of the films, or her for that matter. (I don’t know who Marjorie was, either.)

The photo is of a very young woman posed with her chin in her hands. She has large, wide-spaced eyes, a straight nose and a small mouth. A derby hat sits at a slight angle over wavy, dark hair. Wispy bangs cover her eyebrows.

She gazes straight at the camera with a pensive look. There is something very appealing about her, like a lost kitten. I guess that is why I rescued her from a thrift store in California some years ago, and why I have kept her all these years.

When we moved from California to this small house in Odell, Ore., I couldn’t find wall space for her, so she ended up in the utility room among the mops and brooms, under the peg board with the tools. That is no way to treat a lady! No wonder she looks pensive!

So, I have rescued her again and have given her a place of honor on the wall above the work table in the computer room, and I will try to find out more about her. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about her (or Marjorie) and why she ended up in a thrift store.

Anne Vance

Hood River

Cut budgets where needed

Rep Greg Walden is right: We shouldn’t cut funds for the defense budget. What we should cut from the budget is the unnecessary waste and cost over-runs, fraud, theft and contractor rip-offs, and eliminate kickbacks, payoffs and corporate campaign donations.

If our elected officials represented those who elected them instead of those who bought them we wouldn’t be in this financial mess.

Jerry Giarraputo

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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