Friday, March 22, 2013
I read with, well, interest the recent Hood River News article “Found on the Ground: An appreciation of an under-appreciated garment, the glove” (Kaleidoscope, March 20). A full-page spread — and then some — about gloves. Gloves on the ground. Gloves on hands. Pictures of gloves. The antiquity of gloves.
I’m no local — I’ve only been here 10 years — but by golly, I know there are real topics, real people and real stories to report on.
New school needed
If anyone has kids in our school system I hope you went to the meetings on the redistricting of the schools. I did, and this is what I see:
Some of the schools are above capacity, and some of the redistricting options push kids to schools that are farther from their homes and in many cases much farther. At Mid Valley the problem doesn’t really even get corrected. For some schools the problem is corrected for the short term, basically the next five years. So the challenges are not overcome but put off at the inconvenience of many and some of those are severe.
Now is the time to recognize an issue that will become a big problem if we don’t start working toward a more permanent fix. It’s time to start working toward building a new school on middle ground between Odell and the Hood River Heights.
Building a new school is never going to get cheaper than it is right now. So, the longer we put it off the more expensive it will be, people and kids will be put out more and the taxes to pay for it will be higher. Maybe a few dollars per thousand on your assessed property tax now but down the road it will most likely be tens of dollars per thousand.
Oh and renters, and future renters, it also affects rental rates.
I compliment the Hood River News on its excellent full-page coverage — thorough, accurate, complete — of the Gorge Ecumenical Ministries’ March 6 forum on the need for immigration reform.
This is a really important issue, especially in this county, and you did it justice.
Keep health affordable
My husband is a family practice doctor and I am a registered nurse. During our careers over the past 40 years, we have watched the profit motive take over the health care system in our country. We are deeply concerned about the often devastating impact of medical costs on individuals and families — even those with health insurance. We are also concerned about the impact on the American economy.
According to World Bank statistics, health care spending accounts for over 18 percent of every dollar spent in the U.S. — and for health outcomes ranked 38th in the world (World Health Organization, 2013). We can and must do better.
Gorge Health Care for All is an organization made up of health care professionals and citizens in the Columbia Gorge concerned about our health care crisis. It is committed to advancing universal health care coverage in Oregon, Washington, and nationally.
Check out this website for more info: www.gorgehcfa.org. As longtime health care providers, we think it’s high time to put people ahead of profits.
White Salmon, Wash.
Porn at the library?
I grew up in Hood River; my favorite safe place to go was the library. Books took me to lands far away, to places I was never able to go to.
But today, 50 years later, I am so frustrated with the library. Every time I have taken my grandchildren to the library in the past year there have been men watching porn on computers.
Upon asking, “What! How can this be?” I was told that it was part of “freedom of speech.”
Please people, if we don’t protect our children, who is going to protect them? I don’t want my tax dollars going to support someone’s addiction. Please call or write the library — let’s end this travesty.
Please join in and make our library safe for us — and our children!
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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