Letters to the Editor for June 22


It is time for my semi-annual missive. In regard to Mr. Davis’ LOL letter regarding the Fox Channel being the most-watched (June 15).

We subscribe to The Oregonian, Hood River News, and for many hours a day, we watch the unvarnished TV (for news), MSNBC and CNN. Also, to read a full documented book —Rachel Maddows’ “Drift,” — i.e. “Do you get my drift?”

Almost weekly, The Oregonian runs a column “Pants on Fire” (i.e. “you gotta be kidding me!”). If they had a shot of the letter — guess what? Between Hannity, et al, we barely watch more than 10 minutes at a time — like “can you believe him?” We dearly love Mr. Danner’s column — and Maija Yasui is outstanding — always.

It tickles me when The R’s refer to President Obama and use his middle name, just to make a “Fox Point.” At least he makes his final decisions without Cheney input — oh my, what a difference we’d have today, had we not had the imagined weapons of mass destruction debacle and all the other misleading directions the U.S. was led into. Kinda like the Pied Piper — in reverse — like him following the rats.

At almost 91 years of age, just have to vent at times.

G.L. Lynn

Hood River

Support SB 488

Gas prices are on the rise and they have been for a very long time. It is a constant problem, and as a daily commuter, I deal with it every day. Today it’s $4 a gallon and tomorrow, who knows; it could be $10.

How high do the prices have to be before we change to a renewable and more reasonably priced energy source? By adopting the Clean Energy Program, SB 488, we can switch to biodiesel, electricity, ethanol and propane, which are all more viable alternatives that can replace our use of oil.

These options have less impact on the planet and the wallet. Not only are they cheaper and better for the environment, they also create jobs in Oregon.

The Clean Fuels Program should be adopted by Oregon’s legislators to maintain a happy planet and happier Oregonian consumers.

Meghan Payne

Oregon City

Guns for all?

There seem to be a number of readers and fellow Americans who believe if every citizen were packing and walking around with a Clint Eastwood squint barely visible under the brim of their hat, most of our problems would be solved. My limited intellect tells me the problems of our culture are far more complex.

I hope and pray those with a greater understanding will search for a more realistic, farther-reaching solution.

Steve Kaplan

Hood River

New events at CL fest

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club is pleased to announce there will be some new additions this year to the Sternwheeler Days Festival.

Wine tasting hosted by the White Buffalo of Hood River will be held Saturday in the Pavilion between 3-7 p.m. White Buffalo is well-known for its wine assortment and food menu.

Ducky Derby tickets will be sold by Cascade Locks Tourism committee members at the courtesy tent on Saturday. The race will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Locks Channel. You must participate to win — don’t miss this fun event.

Vista House volunteers will be walking through the park in period costume. They will also participate in the parade and staff a table in the courtesy tent. These dedicated volunteers work many hours each year supporting the Vista House.

Special Olympics will also have a table in the Courtesy Tent during the event. The committee will be promoting this vital program by selling cookies and cupcakes. Please stop by.

Interpretive speaker Myrna De Bolt will present an interesting presentation about early history of the local region. She is well-known for her unique historical perspective on a number of Columbia Gorge characters and events. Ms. De Bolt will be on the main stage Saturday 1 p.m.

The always-popular Mountain Men will be on Thunder Island; entertainers Asher & Lost Highwaymen, also Cathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will perform. Also on the program is Lions Bingo, Church in the Park, food and craft vendors and several other scheduled events.

Mary Payne

Cascade Locks

Review OR bike manual

Remember the old phrase, “One bad apple can spoil the whole barrel”? One could say the same about some cyclists. Certainly not all. Most are great folks who love their sport. The “spoilers” are those who have zero respect for anything but themselves.

A friend came up behind four adult (I use the term loosely) cyclists riding four across, totally blocking the lane; the fourth rider was over the center line. She couldn’t safely go around so she tapped the horn to let them know she was behind them. Did they move to the right to let her pass? Nope! One rider flipped her off; no one moved an inch. Their obvious message? “We own the roads, so you can just freakin’ wait!”

Says the Oregon Bicyclist Manual: “You and a” (that’s A as in ONE) “companion may ride side by side on the road, but only if you don’t impede other traffic. If traffic doesn’t have room to pass you safely, ride single file.”

How pathetic that some cyclists (you know who you are), through arrogance or ignorance, become lowlifes when they get on a bike. They threaten the safety of the ride and are giving a growing number of drivers legitimate reasons to dislike them. Either grow up and play safe or park it!

Betty Osborne

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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