Friday, June 21, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84. Enlarge