Letters to the Editor for July 20

Cascade Locks EMS funding

I am writing this letter as a citizen and council member to clarify what Rob Brostoff wrote to the letters to the editor July 13.

Rob is continuing to fan the flames of division and is riding a dead horse into town concerning the Cascade Locks EMS/ Fire department. The term fully funded is referring to the permanent staffing of two positions.

Rob won’t tell you about the many recommendations the last council thumbed its nose at. I still believe the City needs to ask its citizens with a vote to approve or disapprove a permanent funding source and to what level of service is truly needed for the community. That’s how we can replace obsolete equipment.

Rob continues to yell, the sky is falling, as for misdirecting funds, that’s exactly what has been going on and is still continuing at the expense of other city services. There are still monies being taken away from other services to help fund the two permanent positions.

We cannot continue to ignore the needs of the rest of the city. Under current financial conditions and at any cost Rob believes we should fund the fire department at an elevated level that cannot be financially sustained. In his assessment I think he is being completely unreasonable.

Once and for all this November let’s settle this divisive issue at the polls.

Richard Randall

Citizen and Council member

Cascade Locks

Appointments for life?

I was away and didn’t see some of the comments on the Bob Francis affair. I’m not sure why Bob’s personality and business savvy wouldn’t be able to get him “elected” by the people to hold the top position in our small town? The one who spends our tax dollars! To be appointed by a few is better anyway.

Our “elected” city council should work on changing our charter. Not to have the power person elected by the majority of registered voters, but to make the appointments for life.

Lengthy contracts seem like a hassle. It not only works, it’s time-tested. Our Supreme Court judges are appointed by a few, for life. That works well. All the Caesars liked it. Adolf liked it, as did Benito, Stalin and Mao.

Get on it. It’s the way forward!? Backward? Don’t know. Voting for our decision makers, our leaders, is too difficult for me.

Please direct all nonsensical comments to Arthur Babitz. He must be used to them by now.

Robert Jones

Hood River

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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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