Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Grace follows tragedy
The comments of Trayvon Martin’s parents in reaction to President Obama’s July 19 informal remarks reminded me just how nice it is to have such wonderful people in our world. Trayvon was a very lucky young man, at least in that regard. It’s unfortunate that the rest of us will not have the benefit of his adulthood.
I hope that we all make use of this tragedy to search our own hearts and minds and work to make this a better world.
The History Museum of Hood River County hosted a Free Family Day event last Saturday, July 20, from 11-4. It was sponsored by Faith Connections. Volunteers helped with the games and craft stations (which was a good thing because I don’t remember the rules of croquet!).
Thank you, Connie and Carly! It was a wonderful event for all — especially with free hot dog lunches from the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department.
I hope it happens every year and more people will visit The History Museum, come play games and volunteer in our community. Open challenge to any other family for a large-sized Jenga game!
Damage can’t be undone
What the (blankety-blank) is wrong with the Hood River Parks Department? I took my son out to the skate park last week and it was as gray and dull as the winter skies.
Hood River is a vibrant, artistic town teeming with color, and some of that was evident at the skate park; most notably the structure that was covered in memorial messages to Forrest Andrews — brutal, honest emotion expressed by his peers. A place that caused visitors to ask about Forrest so his memories could be shared by teens who often don’t get to share their honest emotions. What an honor!
What a shame that the Parks Department sloppily painted over it and all other artwork, thus making it a wide-open canvas for new, less tasteful graffiti, followed by a new sloppy coat of paint, followed by more distasteful graffiti ...
The worst part is that the damage cannot be undone; the walls cannot be unpainted, the art, and the handprints, and the heartfelt comments cannot be replicated.
The skate park is about the kids who use it and, yes, the few isolated areas of profanity should be regularly dealt with (and they are, thank you), but the unwritten rule is that no one messes with the artwork. As a parent, my advice is:
- Pick your battles (especially when spending taxpayers’ money); and
- Respect is a two-way street.
White Salmon, Wash.
Dog as copilot?
Driving with a small dog in your lap. Really? I see it at least once a week around town. Really?
Talking on a cellphone while operating a vehicle is illegal. Texting while driving is also illegal. Is driving with a small dog in your lap any safer?
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Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest 2016
Kiteboarders in action during the pro competition Friday at the 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest in Stevenson. All photos by Ben Mitchell. Enlarge