Letters to the Editor for January 26, 2013

Amend 2nd Amendment

I am totally in support of recognizing the devastating effect of assault weapons, high-volume clips and special ammunition. I support making a change to our laws to “modernize” them to reflect the realities of gun technology.

I also think the only clean way to do this is to change the Second Amendment (which may take years). Anything less than an amendment may cause years of Supreme Court work, appeals and NRA lawsuits.

Call me a traditionalist, but the Second Amendment does state “...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It’s clear to me that “infringe” includes limiting the type of guns, clips and ammunition allowed.

Let’s change the Second Amendment.

Hugh Amick

Hood River

Signs of drug use

To all parents in the valley, the meth and heroin problem is gaining monumental speed! I’ve seen the destruction it causes.

If your kid’s light is on all night, check on them. See if they are getting withdrawn from the everyday routine. If they are not coming out of their room for hours or a day or so, check on them. They may lose interest in everything. They become compulsive liars. Then the only time you see them is when they take off.

Look for chunks of tinfoil in the garbage. Look for small glass pipes, small nightlight bulbs, needles, small plastic bags. I mean like 1 inch by 1 inch sealed bags. Some are smaller. Coming down from a high, they sleep for hours or a day or up to three.

It is bad here and it does not matter the age. Dealers are, after all, ages 14 on up!

John C. Dorsey

Hood River

Good faction, bad faction

In response to Jean McLean’s letter (Jan. 19): This all depends on who you talk to in Cascade Locks.

Obviously, one faction is more fiscally conservative with the budget. Obviously, one faction wants to look at waste and inefficiency. Obviously, one faction has a clearer vision to balance the city’s services.

Obviously, one faction has the voters mandate to uphold the charter. Obviously, one faction chose to ignore our constitution (charter) twice. Obviously, one faction was the instigator of our current problems in the first place. Obviously, one faction doesn’t want to listen to the voters.

Obviously, one faction thumbed its nose at the emergency services task force. Obviously, this election proves what the majority of citizens think about one faction. Obviously, both factions love this town enough to think their way is the best way.

Obviously, both factions are not interested in dis-incorporating the city. Obviously, it’s time for one faction to stop its manipulation and intimidation tactics. Obviously, this all depends on who you talk to!

Richard Randall

Cascade Lock

Failure to perform

Re: Recent proposed gun legislation:

Recently a few Oregon law personnel have stated that they would not enforce federal legislation regarding gun legislation.

They have decided that this proposed law is unconstitutional. This, despite the fact that they have no authority to decide this for themselves.

I think that any public official who unilaterally decides that their opinion is more important than that of the Supreme Court needs to be removed from office.

I do not care if you are for or against gun control; the point is that either you enforce laws or ignore them. If lawmen think that they have the power to decide which laws they will enforce, why can’t individuals pick and choose which laws they wish to follow?

In my opinion these individuals should be replaced immediately for cause. The cause is their refusal to perform the duties of their office.

Leonard Hickman

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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