Letters to the Editor for Nov. 30



‘Barack-a Claus’

‘Tis the season for good will to reign supreme. So with that in mind our benevolent “Barack-a Claus” wishes all the voluminous formerly covered health care citizens a Very Barry Cancellation.

Bill Davis

Hood River

Being thankful

You have to love corporate America, turning a day of thanksgiving into a day of greed. No longer is it about family and friends and giving thanks for what we have, but what you can buy with your dollar.

Greed: It’s what America is about!

I am proud to say there are a few of us who still believe in family, friends and being thankful of what we have; not for what we can gain.

Jim Burdick


Political history

The Second Amendment: a Liberal Democratic Party achievement.

On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th and last state to ratify the Constitution. America had changed greatly since the Boston Tea Party of 1773 — tradesmen, farmers, shopkeepers and various political groups all participated to protest taxes and representation. The rebellious Samuel Adams was one of the influential participants.

After the Treaty of Paris in 1783, tens of thousands of conservatives and Loyalists left America, many to Canada.

Rhode Island was dominated by the rural Country party. The state had not participated in the Continental Convention of 1787 and delayed signing the Constitution as it did not explicitly reflect the natural rights of men — John Locke’s liberty.

During this time federalists, who were merchants and lived in the cities, would support the Constitution but not a bill of rights, while anti-federalists — farmers — the Constitution and a bill of rights — Portland vs. Hood River.

James Madison merged multiple state bill of rights and after a vigorous debate in congress incorporated into the current Bill of Rights.

Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams along with the majority of anti-federalists formed the Republican-Democratic party — later changed to just Democratic Party.

Most conservatives had left America at this time, and Second Amendment rights were born from liberalism and the Democratic Party. The Federalist Party ceased to exist in 1820 and the current Republican Party first won election in 1860. Some of the Tea Party participants are still in Canada.

George Selleck

Hood River


Despite having over 49 percent of the combined population and also paying over 49 percent of the property taxes supporting the Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River County gets only 32 percent of the community ed classes taught here while the other 68 percent are taught in The Dalles. That is patently unfair to the residents of Hood River County.

Dave Dockham

Hood River

Respect volunteers

I am writing in support of The History Museum of Hood River County. Our museum is a source of civic pride in the community of Hood River and has been visited by people from all over the world.

I have read with great disappointment the treatment of the museum board by the board of commissioners. The museum board sounds like a group of dedicated volunteers who need some help and compassion from the commissioners; not punitive measures, such as changing locks, canceling exhibits, even suspending the membership program, threats of lawyers, etc.

Come on, folks: This is Hood River, after all; not a big-city crime syndicate.

I believe a volunteer group should be treated with respect and dignity. If you want to discourage volunteerism, this is certainly a way to do it.

I would hope to see some positive input from the commissioners to remedy this situation.

Ruth Turner

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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