Letters to the Editor for April 30

Voters be aware

If he walks like a “duck” and quacks like a “duck,” he isn’t representing “our” Republican “principals.”

Having read Dennis B. Linthicum’s voters’ pamphlet post, in my opinion, he is like a wolf (Democrat) in sheep’s clothing.

Mr. Linthicum begins his post with a “wild” statement — “howling” like a Democrat — and ends with insinuating that Congressman Greg Walden has misled us these past 16 years.

What! Opposing “Obamacare” and supporting “fiscal responsibility” was wrong?

As that great Republican President Abraham Lincoln once said: “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.”

Alan Winans

Hood River

Charting a course

Gov. Kitzhaber gave an inspired speech at the recent Oregon League of Conservation Voters dinner. In the speech, the governor charts a course away fossil fuels and toward a more sustainable future.

Gov. Kitzhaber said, “First, it is time once and for all to say no to coal exports from the Pacific Northwest. It is time to say yes to national and state energy policies that will transform our economy and our communities into a future that can sustain the next generation.”

In the Columbia Gorge we are fighting to stop multiple proposals to transport oil and coal. These proposals threaten our health, safety and the planet’s future. I’m happy have a governor who gets it. It makes me proud to be an Oregonian.

How about you? Read the speech at Oregon.Gov/Gov, go to Newsroom, pull down menu, click on Speeches and look for: “OLCV Keynote April 19, 2014.”

Peter Cornelison

Friends of the

Columbia Gorge

Hood River

City Hall Friday afternoon

I tried to report a non-emergency matter to the City police Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Surprise! The only number listed for police was 911. I tried the few other City numbers listed but all went to message lines.

Then I realized the time and day! By Monday maybe it will qualify as an emergency.

Dave Dockham

Hood River

Save lives, yes on 14-52

This election the people of Cascade Locks need to decide if we want the life-saving presence of a full-time paramedic in town or not.

I would like to ask the Community of Cascade Locks to think about all the elderly and sickly people in our town, unfortunate mishaps that happen to children and adults and also the life-threatening wrecks that happen in our service area.

I hope everyone in Cascade Locks feels the responsibility that myself and many others feel, and that is to fund our EMS department to assure medical help in the case of an emergency for not only our residents but for the visitors who come to our town.

Please vote yes on 14-52; the life that is saved might be your own.

Debora Lorang

Cascade Locks

Humbled and honored

On Earth Day, we were honored to be the recipients of the Go! 2014 Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Award for Business. To receive this acknowledgment tied to Tod LeFevre’s legacy is humbling, and it also means a great deal coming from the Gorge community where there are so many amazing people focused on the important issues that will make the Gorge an even better place to live.

Our hat goes off to all of the other exceptional nominees and their continued hard work. It will take all of us to fill Tod’s shoes and to truly bring sustainability to the Gorge.

Tod’s dedication to this community and to sustainability was an inspiration to many of us. Our own rainwater collection system started as an idea in one of Tod’s classes and was fueled by the knowledge that he shared. We hope that someday we will all be able to realize the vision that he had and shared.

Thanks to Gorge Owned for recognizing the efforts of businesses and individuals, and for the good work they are doing to build a more vibrant, locally focused and sustainably minded community.

Kristin Currin and

An“Drew” Merritt

Humble Roots Farm and Nursery


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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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