Saturday, February 22, 2014
On Feb. 12 Greg Walden sent out an email message with a list of seven issues that most concerned the recipient. You could select only one; not rank them in your priority.
The wording in most of the items was designed to elicit the answer Walden wanted to hear. Making up questions that have two subjects which should have two different answers or be two separate questions, i.e. “Balancing the federal budget and reducing spending” or questions so deliberately skewed to confirm his own interest, i.e. “Real, patient-centered health care reform” and “Saving and strengthening Social Security and Medicare”; or such obvious questions that they should not even be asked, just acted on, i.e. “Ensuring our men and women in uniform receive the benefits they have earned.”
To me, this little disingenuous questionnaire was designed and sent out to garner support for his own agenda, not to find out about real constituent concerns.
If Walden is to represent the people of his district, he must do better than this.
Help schools teach guitar
Why does the government give the military unlimited amounts of money to buy guns, but my school (Hood River Middle School) does not have a big enough budget to afford a guitar core class? I think kids’ education should be more important than war.
I am also contacting Hood River City Hall regarding this issue.
New rep needed
Apparently voters are to assume the race for Oregon’s 2nd congressional seat is a given, considering the massive fundraising efforts of the incumbent. Before voters re-elect Greg Walden, they need to learn of the Transatlantic Policy Network and its aims, and ask some important questions.
The TPN is an institution which brings together business and governmental leaders from the U.S. and Europe to discuss the economic and political merging of the United States and the European Union. Yes, that is correct. Their objective, according to their website, is “to facilitate constructive dialogue at a strategic level between the worlds of business and politics on both sides of the Atlantic ... and to promote and assist the convergence of the EU/US government policies.”
TPN boasts a Congressional Group, of which Greg Walden is a member.
Voters must ask Greg Walden why he would participate in a group which seeks to subvert America’s government and betray the rights of his constituents which are protected by the U.S. Constitution. Neither he nor any official have the authority to change this form of government.
Voters of the 2nd district deserve and should demand better of their congressional representative.
Just a quick thanks to the construction crew on State Street for filling the giant potholes during the times the road is open to public traffic. Sure makes using that stretch more pleasant.
During HRVHS H.E.A.L.T.H. Media Club Sticker Shock event we went to Safeway, Rite Aid, Rosauers, Mercado Guadalajara, Clem’s and Mid Valley Market to place stickers that warned adults not to buy alcohol for minors. The stickers also said that there is a fine of up to $500 if that law is broken. We placed 2,000 stickers on beer cases!
This was a fun and very entertaining experience that could not have happened without the cooperation of these stores.
We, the H.E.A.L.T.H. Media club, went out sticker shocking.
What we do for this is to go to stores with their permission to put stickers on beer to keep people aware of the punishment that comes from buying beer for minors.
This was my first year of doing this for H.E.A.L.T.H. Media. I found it to be very fun and I enjoyed it a lot.
There were only four people doing it the day I helped. We were the over-achieving team. We accomplished a lot! We went to four stores, and had 1,000 stickers to stick.
We had fun doing it, and I look forward to doing it again next year. I can say we were the all-star team!
The H.E.A.L.T.H. Media club from Hood River Valley High School went sticker shocking. Sticker shocking is a project that we do to inform adults that it is illegal to buy or sell beer to those who are underage.
On this project we went to Safeway, Rite-Aid, Rosauers, Mercado Guadalajara, Clem’s and Mid Valley Market.
Our experience was very fun. We used 1,000 stickers the first day in 40 minutes! We used another 1,000 stickers the second day. At the end of the day we had fun and helped out our community.
The H.E.A.L.T.H. Media club recently did an event called Sticker Shock. Sticker Shock is an event were we go around to stores and put warning stickers on cases of beer. We did this to remind people to be responsible with alcohol especially around children.
The sticker stated a warning and the penalty for giving minors alcohol. We went to six different stores and used a total of 2,000 stickers.
I would like to thank all of the stores who participated: Safeway, RiteAid, Mercado Guadalajara, Clem’s and Mid Valley Market.
I want to express my gratitude for the work Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation does to support our community. In particular the access to urban trails and parks that makes it easy for folks to get outside.
Now as your board considers its next steps with Barrett Park I would ask you to consider a wider and more sustainable project for Barrett Park than a space for radio-controlled flyers. Would you consider re-creating the idea of what recreation can be, what a park could be?
Food forests and community learning gardens are just two examples of how parks are being re-created. Food forests like the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle (beaconfoodforest.org) can grow hundreds of different kinds of edibles that are available to the public.
May I suggest the board think “partnerships” and engage the resources available locally for input? Like Michael Becker, a permaculture expert, who heads up the Food and Conservation Science program at Hood River Middle School; or Gorge Grown, who supports sustainable food farming and distribution in the Columbia River Gorge; and Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, which provides educational opportunities, with an emphasis on stewardship and a sense of wonder, in the natural systems of the Columbia River Gorge.
It seems that Barrett Park could in fact grow food, community and good- clean outdoor fun for many more people than a cost-prohibitive hobby like radio-controlled flyers.
Keep roads safe
Do you want your child driving on a Friday night at 11:30?
I’m not comfortable on the road at that time and I have been driving for 20 years. The reason? Impaired drivers are a threat to everybody else on the road.
The legalization of marijuana will unquestionably result in more people who are impaired operating motor vehicles. I, for one, would like my roads to be safer. How about you?
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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