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

Remember

“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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