Letters to the Editor for Sept. 4



What about west end?

Well, I’ve read the Hood River News reports on the State Street makeover and seen the “This is how it might look, unless we change it” animated video and I do have a comment or two and a question besides.

It does sorta bother me that this lovely colorful animated video comes with a disclaimer that the real end result just might not look like the video. It also bothers me that the builder makes no mention of how badly nor how long library patronage will be disrupted by all this prettify-ing.

But of course I guess this is what is called “progress” and “jobs” and the rest of us are supposed to stand aside and hope it gets done on time and within the budget. So much for the east end of State Street.

And now for the question: When, oh when [if ever] can we look forward to the west end of State Street being improved? There is, as most of us know, four blocks of bumpy, crumbling concrete which doesn’t look welcoming and certainly doesn’t feel welcoming, especially to visitors. Lousy contrast with the park it runs past, too.

George W. Earley

Mount Hood

Questions about 9-11

Over 2,000 licensed architects and engineers have signed a petition demanding that there be a real investigation into the collapse of the three high-rise buildings at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

This time with subpoena power and testimonies given under oath. Why?

Because the official story does NOT add up and empirical analysis done by experts in their field suggests that only controlled demolition could have caused these three buildings to collapse in the way that they did.

If you are concerned about where our nation is headed and want to learn the truth about 9/11, please come to the free screening of “9/11: Experts Speak Out” at the Hood River Library on Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. The library is located at 502 W. State St. in Hood River.

Come get a free DVD and sign the petition. You don’t have to be an architect or engineer to sign. Can you handle the truth?

Phil Wolfinger

The Dalles

Just wondering

Whatever happened to the currency “River Hours”?

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Note: RiverHours is alive and well. For more information visit http://riverhoursalternate.weebly.com/ or call Theresa North at 541-386-4074.

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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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