Letters to the Editor June 15, 2014

Rotaries needed

With all the complaints about the Wine Country and Country Club road solution for a failed intersection, is Hood River ready for the rotaries?

There are several more failed intersections, or soon-to-be failed intersections. I think rotaries would be a good solution to keep traffic moving, less stopping and idling and no signals needed. Oh and they are safer!

Linda Short

Hood River

Farrell for judge

This is the first contested judicial election in Hood River in a generation. Let it be about ability, not contacts. Please do your own research about these two candidates before voting this fall.

The Governor recently appointed a local attorney to fill the last few months of Judge Paul Crowley’s term who is rated 6.4 by Avvo, an independent attorney rating agency.

Tim Farrell, who is also running for office, has a national practice with a “Superb” or 10 rating by the same agency. Oregon judicial elections are meant to be about a candidate’s ability, not political contacts.

Because Tim Farrell has had a national practice instead of a local practice his rulings will be fair and impartial and not influenced by local politics or cronyism. And did you know that local attorneys are often not allowed to hear cases because their firm has represented one of the litigants in the past ?

Tim Farrell, because he has a national practice instead of a local practice, will be able to fully and efficiently hear the cases that come before him. The taxpayer will get ‘their money’s worth’ with Tim Farrell for Judge.

Be smart, vote for Tim Farrell for Judge.

Laurie Balmuth

Hood River

Keep dogs indoors

In Saturday’s newspaper appeared a photo of six dogs lying on the downtown sidewalks of Hood River. My question is, if you care about the health and well-being of your pet, why on earth would you leave it outside in 90 degree weather while you shop inside air conditioned stores?

It shows little empathy and compassion for animals. I am sure that these people adore their dogs, but I am baffled that they would treat them this way.

If it is hot outside, please leave your dogs at home, indoors.

Amy Hay

Hood River

Thomsen serves well

During the 2012 Oregon Legislative session I worked very hard on a controversial bill that sailed through the Oregon House and then got mixed up in the politics of the Republican Senate Caucus.

However, Chuck Thomsen was a very pleasant surprise for us in the Republican caucus where I lobbied for many months. He was open, cordial, intelligent, encouraging, interested, and he had a bright and helpful staff. I am a Registered Independent Party of Oregon voter and our on-line primary is on this week. I think Thomsen represents the ideals of our Independent Party very well.

District 26 is well represented by this Senator.

Marvin Sannes


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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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