Letters to the Editor for July 5

List new laws

We the people need a list of all the new laws that come into effect July 1.

Then we can see that we do not break the law and we can see how hard our lawmakers work.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Pressure problems

I am seeking anyone in “The Heights” area who may have had a “flooding” issue, within the last 3-4 weeks, caused by a drastic increase in water pressure, where the city was working on the water pipes. The damage was evidently caused (according to the plumber I used for repairing and/or replacing the “pressure valve”).

According to him, there are several homes and businesses, in the area, who were affected by the drastic ebb and flow of the water pressure as the city worked on the lines.

We feel that, since the city failed to notify the citizens of the work planned (to give us a “heads-up” so that we could monitor the change in water pressure) the city should be responsible for our “deductible,” at least. My e-mail i mjbcoffee4@yahoo.com

MJ DeVore

Hood River

‘Wrong again’

As usual, Cliff Mansfield can’t bother to check the facts before writing his letters. His claim (Our Readers Write, Saturday, June 28) that Sen. Jeff Merkley “ is the most liberal and farthest Left Senator in Washington” is blatantly untrue. According to a report by the American Conservative Union on the 2011 voting record of Senators, 19 Democrat Senators voted most consistently for progressive legislation and never once voted for regressive, i.e. Right Wing, legislation. Jeff Merkley was not one of them.

Mansfield deplores Senator Merkley’s voting record as purely progressive (a word he refuses to use). Because of his votes he should be voted out of office. Now comes the critical question.

Greg Walden votes a pure Republican conservative line. Applying Mansfield’s criteria for removal from office, then Greg Walden should be voted out of office. What is the likelihood Cliff Mansfield will vote that way? What chance does that snowball have?

Gary Fields

Hood River

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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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