Letters to the Editor for May 24

Solutions for all interests

In response to the recent letter regarding safety concerns on Indian Creek Trail, the students of Hood River Middle School mountain biking class would like to present their perspective.

In the mountain biking elective class at HRMS, students are reminded to ride respectfully, safely, and improve their skills. As a class, we discussed the concerns mentioned in the letter. We then rode the trail uphill to see what might work logistically.

Students expressed concerns about closing a trail they use frequently to get from home to the beach or downtown. Since they are not old enough to drive, they often ride their bikes for transportation. This trail is much safer than biking on the main streets.

For the safety of the youth in Hood River, we ask that alternatives be considered instead of a closure.

Here are a few possible solutions: “slow” signs at particular tight sections, right-of-way signs, mirrors at blind corners or eliminate blind corners, divide the trail into uphill and downhill lanes — this would be possible with minimal changes except for a couple of spots, make the trail wider where needed, make a biker lane and a hiker lane, closures only during specific times or seasons, and at the very last result make an uphill-only designation.

Having worked with various trail groups in the area, it seems there would be community support for such projects. Please consider options other than banning bikers from this unique trail!

We hope that the Hood River Parks and Recreation District will keep this trail open to all who enjoy it, as we too think that Hood River “is a desirable small city to live in and want to keep it that way.”

Students from the Mountain Bike elective at HRMS

Ann McDonald, HRMS teacher

Getting married, someday

Have you heard the big news? Oregon’s getting married! I would like to announce my marriage to a wonderful man, just as soon as I find him!

Toby Morus

Hood River

Walden thanks

I write to thank the Republican voters of the 2nd District who overwhelmingly put their trust in me as the party’s nominee for Congress. I deeply appreciate your support and pledge to continue working hard for policies that will grow jobs and improve our economy, bring down our nation’s debt and get America back on track.

Regardless of your party, we need to work together to find real solutions that improve the everyday lives of people in our state and nation. Whether it’s working to maintain access to our public lands and improve forest management, or demanding an audit of Cover Oregon to get the answers regarding the waste of nearly $200 million of taxpayer dollars on a website that never worked, I will always fight for the truth and work to leave Oregon and America a better place for the next generation.

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon 2nd District


“All gave some…

Some gave all

Remember them this Memorial Day”

Memorial Day Ceremonies, 11 a.m. at Idlewilde Cemetery, Tucker Road, Hood River

Jerry Giarraputo

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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