Saturday, October 26, 2013
Problems made worse
Regarding the changes to Country Club Road: After the modification of Country Club Road, we now have a single road in Hood River with wide turns and no distinct junctions. Yet arbitrarily this road is called either “Mt. Adams” or “Wine Country” or “Country Club,” depending on how far along it you drive.
And the first of these wide turns as one heads east from Frankton, is tilted outward as if we are trying to dump cars into the other lane or off the road. I’m tempted to joke about how this will play in winter, but this may be deadly serious. It is not funny.
And when the bulldozers were running and it would have been trivial and inexpensive to level the area, no one thought it would be a good idea to use material from the high points to fill in the low points so that the road would be safer and more manageable in the winter.
And all of this was done to simply move a point of congestion about a quarter-mile down the road, to an area with reduced visibility and a more cramped northern shoulder. Heading west on Cascade or turning, the congestion is now worse.
Most seriously, though, the road is now far more dangerous. Previously it was comfortably safe at the posted 45 mph speed limit most of the way to Cascade Avenue. Now the combination of ill-designed road angle, the slope, and poor visibility due to the rocky embankment make this a head-on collision waiting to happen.
The new 25 mph speed limit will not help a driver heading west when someone coming the other way either misses or ignores the surprise speed limit sign.
Rights for all
Mr. Nevin, your Oct. 23 letter “Long live Tea Party” strengthens many Americans’ view and criticism of the Tea Party. The group continues to be concerned only with its narrow agenda and unwillingness to acknowledge it represents a very small portion of our citizens.
I do wish to thank the Tea Party for forcing the shutdown which demonstrated their inability to play well with others.
The same Supreme Court which supports your right to bear arms and protects your right to speak openly as a member of the Tea Party has determined that Congress does have the right to regulate trade and uses taxes as a means to do so.
We should be grateful we have a system in our country which permits laws and rights to be scrutinized by highly educated and well-read people.
The Supreme Court is made up of a diverse group of people with a wide range of political and personal views. If you review the votes related to the Affordable Healthcare Act, you will see they were not separated with conservatives on one side and liberals on the other.
Protect our green space
As a frequent user of the trail that runs adjacent to the proposed site of the cell tower at the south end of Rocky Road, I stand united with those who are opposed to the absurdity of such an obvious eye sore being erected in that location.
Having read several arguments in opposition, I see that a common thread is related to the issue of aesthetics in the area, and I completely concur that this issue alone is sufficient to reject such a project.
I would only add that there are several reasons to be concerned about effects to human health due to emitted microwave radiation for those who recreate along the trail, those that live nearby, and the students and staff who work and spend their days at the local elementary school mere feet away from the proposed location.
I am certain that I will no longer use that trail as a means of walking to work should this project come to pass, due to health concerns and aesthetic irritation.
Finally, in the spirit of community sustainability, decisions such as this one that only serve to line the pocketbooks of a select few against the will of the community at large should be swiftly rejected.
When purely economic interests smell an opportunity, it is up to the community to stand up and protect this beautiful town’s green spaces for those enjoying it now and living nearby in addition to those who will be here generations from now.
Praise for Bob Francis
Thank you, Bob Francis, for helping to keep Ryan’s Juice in Hood River.
Why is it the people who work the hardest and make things happen get vilified? When you break the shackles of lazy and greedy big government, it seems you become a target.
David did the right thing by hiring you. I would think most people in Hood River can see what is really going on. A witch hunt. With a chip on their shoulder.
Sean M. Palmieri
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge