Letters to the Editor for March 13



‘Hamlet’ a must-see

A very sophisticated current theater offering in Hood River: the Hood River Valley High School production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” done in stunning period costume, with superb acting, directed by Rachel Harry.

Making Shakespeare’s arguably most famous, complex and layered play accessible in our community is a gift. There are two more performances this weekend, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Bowe Theatre. Not to be missed!

Tina Castañares


Help people of Tibet

Communist China invaded peaceful Tibet in 1950. In 1959 when the Tibetans rebelled against their oppressors, the United Nations called for an end to depriving the people of basic human rights and autonomy. Only three small nations signed the Resolution, with the major powers showing no support for Tibet.

March marks 54 years since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and the genocide continues, with hundreds of thousands of Tibetans imprisoned, starved, tortured and executed. Today, only one-third of Tibet’s inhabitants are Tibetan.

The U.S. Senate recently unanimously passed a “Resolution Expressing Support for the People of Tibet.” Write your Representative today urging them to support House Resolution 609.

Melba Gohl

White Salmon, Wash.

Democracy held hostage?

On March 6, a story was aired on OPB radio. The story was chilling: An elected official in Portland had set up a town hall-type meeting with her constituents to discuss gun control options. The meeting had to be canceled because she received “thousands” of threatening messages.

Is everybody paying attention here? Is it possible that our beloved democracy is being held hostage at gunpoint? The next casualty caused by crazy men with assault weapons appears to be the very foundation of this great nation.

Ann Lameka

Mount Hood

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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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