Saturday, April 5, 2014
Not 100 percent
In re your note under the letter dated March 29, written by Bill Davis (“Say it isn’t true. Sorry; it really is.”):
Snopes might not have been your best resource. A Google search uncovers lots of information, including an apology letter from a White House staffer, to Charles Krauthammer. It turns out Charles was correct in his statement of facts.
The motivation for Charles’ comments may be up for debate, just as Mr. Davis’ comments may be, but his (Krauthammer) statement of fact was just that, a fact, and not “a ridiculous claim” or “100 percent false” as you claimed.
Kudos to Ashlie Keimig’s students at Wy’east Middle School on their stellar behavior as a large group in our restaurant, Pita Pit.
They came in on Wednesday afternoon to explore healthy, quick-service food options. They were courteous, polite and well-mannered. I was shocked at how one teacher made managing over 50 middle school students look so easy.
For example: When she wanted to get their attention she snapped her fingers once, and they immediately snapped their fingers twice in response and went quiet.
This also speaks volumes to the awesome parenting that is going on in our community. It is one more example of why we love calling Hood River home. It was a pleasure to serve them and I hope to see their smiling faces in Pita Pit again soon.
I’m glad the Supreme Court supports every American’s right to free speech under the First Amendment. I just wish I had enough money to exercise that right.
Officials oppose coal transport
City, county and state officials from Oregon and Washington wrote this letter to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Director of State Lands director Mary Abrams:
We are a group of local elected officials from states that would be impacted by coal export facilities on the West Coast: mayors, city and county council members, representatives to state legislatures, and elected executives. When proposed projects impact our communities, we are at the “front lines” of addressing those impacts and helping our constituents understand and cope with them.
We have heard from our constituents with respect to the proposals to build coal export terminals on the Pacific Northwest coast or along the Columbia River. The operation of these terminals will affect the entire region, not just the port communities. The vast volumes of coal that could be moving through the region’s rail system and public waterways will have significant impacts on transportation networks, air and water quality, public health and safety, wildlife habitat, and quality of life.
We write to you today about the permit decision facing the state of Oregon in relation to the Morrow Pacific Project. This project poses serious risks to communities and the environment from start to finish.
We urge you to deny Ambre’s removal-fill permit because coal export is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state’s water resources. Ambre’s coal export operation would adversely impact the Columbia River and protected fish, while interfering with navigation, fishing, and public recreation. This decision affects communities in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and beyond.
Thank you for your work on this issue to date.
Hood River Mayor
Hood River City Council
Members Kate McBride
and Laurent Picard
Mosier Mayor Andrea Rogers, City Council President
Arlene Burns and Members Emily Reed and Peny Wallace
Bingen City Council Member Catherine Kiewit
The Dalles Mayor
Stephen Lawrence and
Council Member Dan Spatz
(Letter signed by another 63 city, county, and state elected officials from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.)
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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