Letters to the Editor for Mar. 16



Call for cat lovers

Do you love animals? Then Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue would love to hear from you. Kitten season is fast approaching and we need volunteers to deal with the expected influx of new kittens and cats.

Here’s what we especially need help with right now:

Foster “parents” to provide a safe, loving environment until the cats and kittens find forever homes;

Help transporting cats to and from clinic, vets and sites;

People with vet-tech skills to draw blood, vaccinate, and give baths;

Cat trappers for homeless and feral cats; and

People who will help feed cats once a week at some of our sites.

And, of course, we are always looking for permanent homes for our wonderful and gorgeous adoptable cats. Check them out on Petfinder.com.

Although we can’t pay you for your time, you will get the double reward of working with ever-fascinating felines and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference for cats in the Gorge. For more information call 541-386-2743, email columbiagorgecat@gmail.com or visit www.gorgecat.org.

Tracie Hornung


See HRVHS’ ‘Hamlet’

Please try to attend a performance of “Hamlet” this weekend at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theatre: Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

It is amazing to see such young adults tackle such a formidable project.

I have attended nearly all of the performances and am saddened by how few people are attending this play. I urge you to come out and support the wonderful HRVHS theater department.

Maren Euwer


Support HRV theater

This is a must-see! HRVHS theater students and Rachel Harry have done it again!

The acting is sensational. The moment that the curtain rises you are transported into the scenes and you move along with ease from scene to scene. Each character shines just as Shakespeare described, with intricate costumes and detailed stage settings.

Only one more weekend to view, this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. Come and promote the students!

Ann Zuehlke

Hood River

Don’t miss ‘Hamlet’

Hamlet is wonderful! You should see it tonight.

Delaney Barbour and many black-swathed helpers perform a wonderful dance of drowning as her character, Ophelia, finally loses her life to the “waters.” It’s beautiful.

This is the last weekend to see it, Friday and Saturday at HRVHS, 7 p.m.

Julie Burton

Hood River

Love, poison, swordfights

You don’t need to drive all the way to Ashland to see quality Shakespeare when a short — “er” — and sweet version of Hamlet is playing at Hood River Valley High School. Love, poison and swordfights! Come see!

Lynn Lewis

Hood River

Need to apply reason

The religion of austerity which grips Europe to their peril is that already and soon-to-be poor people need to tighten our belts to stabilize the economy so the bankers and financiers can become strong enough to make us all do well.

The expectation of the “bishops” of this ruling religion is that their portion of the common treasury will grow as we get used to fewer and worse jobs and that then somehow, they will trickle some down to us, as (if) it pleases them.

The wealth of those at the top is both under-recognized and is growing more staggeringly disparate.

If 100 Americans, a cross section, were in a room with 100 loaves of bread, one guy would have 40 loaves while the next 19 wealthiest would have 43 or so more (20 guys, 83 loaves); at the bottom, 40 people would share less than one loaf.

The austerity put in place in Britain and Europe was done so through financier-induced panic and has had a powerful effect in pushing those places back into recession. The Germans got to wag their fingers at the pleasure-worshipping Greeks and Spaniards and keep their wealth to themselves for a bit longer, but will pay out as their economies suffer from diminishing markets.

In this country, the target is not the immoral poor, but rather government, which is all that protects us from the proven predation of the rich and greedy, and those guys are madly staying up nights trying to destroy any effective regulation of their schemes.

Artifacts sells buttons that read: “Republicans are against regulations for the same reason crooks are against more cops.”

There is more to discuss, and I will try, but I commend to you the recent writings of Paul Krugman on this subject, writings you will look in vain to find any effective arguments against.

Let’s slow down and try to apply reason again. The stakes are high. Kundera said, “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

Bob Williams

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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