Letters to the Editor for March 9



Making a connection

I was recently at a community event at Mt. Hood Winery with my 4-year-old daughter. A woman approached us and bent down to my little girl and introduced herself and said “I am the grandma that rides the big bike in the Fourth of July parade.”

My daughter’s eyes got big because she knew exactly what she was talking about. Ruth continued and said “I hope that you can do fun things like that when you get older.” It meant so much to both of us.

Thank you, Ruth Blackburn; you are a beautiful woman and an inspiration. Your simple sharing meant so much more. We look forward to seeing you in the Fourth of July parade this year.

Nancy Carlson


Free biased speech

I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Davis (March 6 letters, “Free speech reigns at Fox”) regarding his concern that the Obama administration attempted to discredit Bob Woodward’s reputation as an excellent reporter. Politics and the media should be separate for many reasons. We all know this is never going to happen.

I also agree strongly with Mr. Davis that the majority of the media is very liberal and continues to support Democrats overwhelmingly over Republicans in many situations. It is refreshing to know that even-keeled reporters like Bob Woodward are doing their jobs as expected.

The idea that Fox News serves as our one unbiased news source which reports both sides of an issue is simply preposterous. There is a big difference between reporting both sides of an issue and the other side of an issue. We already know which side the liberal media reports. Fox clearly resides on the other side.

Viewers who truly believe they are getting equal reporting on Fox are just as misled as those who watch CBS or ABC and believe the same. I would love to watch Fox to learn what I cannot from the major networks. My personal problem is that Fox uses experts like Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Gingrich, who admittedly had several extra-marital affairs, had the audacity to question the war hero Chuck Hagel’s integrity. Come on now. How does that give Fox News any credibility? Before that it was Sarah Palin and her big talk. Even the GOP has dumped her because her opinions were forcing rational people away.

Help me watch Fox News, Mr. Davis. Help them gain credibility in my eyes so I don’t feel snowed when I watch them release a story.

Steve Kaplan

Hood River


The Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Senate, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015, and tie it to the inflation rate each year thereafter. This would help raise many workers out of poverty and is only fair. But it would also help the general economy.

What we need to recognize is that both producers and consumers are vital for the economy. Without adequate pay, workers (consumers) cannot afford the products that they help create. More pay equals more consumption equals more demand for products equals more work equals a healthy economy. It’s a win/win.

Look up The Fair Minimum Wage Act on Google, then write or call your representatives and ask them to vote for it.

Anne Vance

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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