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Letters - November 6

Must see ‘Miz’

Run ... don’t walk ... to get your tickets to see the Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department’s production of “Les Misérables.” Great story, great music, great costumes and sets. It is sensational!

Students performing in this production are from our public, private, and homeschool population — and they are terrific! The talent pool in this little community is truly astounding; and these young people deserve our community support.

Thank you, Mark Steighner, for this monumental effort, with monumental results.

Don’t forget that the cast has voted to donate receipts from Tuesday evening performances to charitable organizations. As well, group ticket rates are available for groups of ten or more.

This is definitely a “must see”!

Joan Yasui Emerson

Hood River

Festive Halloween

So many families enjoyed Halloween’s trick or treating in downtown Hood River. The imaginative scarecrows displayed by many merchants added to the festive atmosphere. It is a great community activity which requires a lot of hard work and genuine caring on the part of our local business owners.

Please keep these merchants in mind when you are Christmas shopping.

Christie Reed

Hood River

Not real news

Well, it looks like this isn’t the Hood River News’ week!

First, major coverage and reportage is given to a local bar-turned-strip joint. Then on Saturday, Nov. 1, the lead headline is “CGCC could piggyback on Wal-Mart.”

In the first instance, the News goes in-depth on a topic with no clothes. And in the second, it makes up a story out of whole cloth.

If the News would like to consider uses for the currently available property, I pass these along as proposed by a prominent local business man.

1. Let’s go hog-wild. Put a casino, a super Wal-Mart, a minimum security prison and a Hazmat facility on the location. There are sure to be some synergies.

2. Let’s get responsible. Put a CGCC campus, a business incubator, a test and development kitchen for value-added food products and transitional housing on the location. Here, too, there are bound to be some synergies.

If the News has some serious suggestions for the use of the land or on the Wal-Mart issue I would assume that the editorial columns would be the place for proposals rather than a self-developed news lead and story.

Dick Swart

Hood River

Stripping away

Regarding the article on exotic dancers at the Red Carpet Inn (Oct. 30): Since when does “good clean fun” necessitate the presence of security people to protect participants from each other? A casino at one end of town and strippers at the other because the love of money is the root of all evil. Say “good-bye” to Hood River as we have known it. It is quickly passing away.

Pam Regentin

Hood River

Rails to Trails

As a landowner affected by Rails to Trails, I have mixed feelings.

We have never banned anyone from hiking the railbed, even before it was given to Rails to Trails. That is not our objection to it. Our land deed states that the property in question is subject to an easement for rail transport, utilities and telegraph. As far as we can tell, this is not a deed to title, but an easement for specific use. Even we, who own the land, are not allowed to bring utilities to our property via that easement, telegraph lines are out of date, and the rail company no longer wishes to use it. It seems that the purpose for which the easement was given has no bearing on the land’s current permitted use or management. Along that same line, several miles of the railbed above the Swayle Creek Canyon were ’returned’ to owners. This action exposes the pretense under which the land was “railbanked.” There is no intent to preserve the railbed for potential return to rail service. This is simply a mechanism to transfer the use of the land from rail service to park service.

I object to that mechanism.

As much as I like the idea of people hiking and biking and enjoying the outdoors, even on land in which I have ownership. I dislike the means by which Rails to Trails obtains land for this purpose. It’s dishonest.

Catherine Cordrey

White Salmon

Misdirected?

“Never mind that there is no evidence that Iraq has the ability to make or to deliver weapons of mass destruction.

Never mind that our military already has its hands full in Afghanistan.

Never mind that our treasury is already depleted and our economy is already in a state of recession.

Never mind that most of our allies are furious with our saber-rattling and have promised not to back us in an invasion of Iraq.

Never mind that we will almost certainly sacrifice thousands of American lives in such an invasion.

Never mind that we have been successfully containing Saddam Hussein for decades without the loss of any American lives.”

Exerpt from: theemailactivist .org

Go there to read the entire essay.

Pat Lozowski

Hood River

‘Wiggling’ seen

If you are in favor of the new Wal-Mart, you had to be snickering when the County Commissioners let an incomplete application to build the store get “grandfathered” late in the afternoon of the last day. If you were against Wal-Mart you were horrified. That’s an example of the commissioners using their “wiggle room” in interpreting the law to benefit the developers rather than voters.

If the commissioners did not know the valley was against a destination resort then they learned it quickly when John Arens lost his job. However, watch how these commissioners try to push the development through against public sentiment before John Arens leaves office.

Soon there will be a public hearing on the matter. Read the information at www.cooperspur.org and come to the meeting and voice your opinion as a voter. Let’s tell the commissioners that we don’t want a resort and see if our point gets through this time. Perhaps by the time, say, Carol York’s term is up, she will have learned to listen to voters, not special development interests and the “greenwashing” campaign.

John Wood

Hood River

More noise

A few years ago I had my property taxes lowered because the truck noise limits on I-84 were not being enforced. Can you imagine the impact to the city’s bottom line if this becomes public knowledge?

I am going to continue to stir the pot. My letter to the Editor was only the first step. It was brought up during Monday’s City Council with a few members questioning Lynn (city manager) why this isn’t taken care of. Hood River News as a local paper should pick up this story; it is for the good of the entire town.

Jim Klaas

Hood River

Wal-Mart on TV

How does Wal-Mart treat their employees? Over the past year this is a question that has resonated throughout the community. Now we have a chance to get yet someone else’s view. This Friday (Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. on PBS) NOW with Bill Moyers is doing a special on Wal-Mart and their employees. This is an excellent opportunity for the entire community and commissioners to see another perspective of the Wal-Mart Corporation. With the emotional level the Wal-Mart debate has taken on, I feel it is even more important to educate and arm ourselves with facts about the practices and habits of the corporations we allow into our community.

Julie Davies

Hood River

A great week

Wow! Last week was a great week to live in Hood River. We would like to thank our generous downtown merchants for both the Halloween Night celebration and the wonderful (as always) First Friday event. We are writing this letter to both thank the store owners and to encourage people to support their businesses and shop downtown.

Kym, Alice,

Jordan and Mark Zanmiller

Hood River

‘Dignity’ thanks

I’m writing to say how pleased and surprised we of Dignity Village were at the great welcome we received from the people of Hood River when we attended the opening night performance of Les Misérables there last Friday night. We had no idea when we left our village out here by the Portland airport what to expect when we got to Hood River, much less that the students of HRVHS were performing in part for our benefit.

We’d like to give special thanks to Reverend Susan Princehouse and the members of the Riverside Community Church for the warm and beautiful place they provided for us. We thank Joan Yasui Emerson for the supper she prepared for us and to Leslie Hoover Lauble for her apple crisp dessert and the baskets of Hood River apples. We thank Lee and Kathy Larson of the Larson Legacy who provided the transportation and made our trip to Hood River possible. We thank the members of the Hood River News who shared supper with us on Friday night and also for the space they shared with Dignity in their paper reporting the visit of the Les Mis cast to our village. We thank Mark Steighner who reserved the VIP seats for us and who draws such amazing musical gifts from the students he directs.

We’d also and especially like to thank the students of the cast of Les Mis who we understand voted to give the Friday performance incomes to the Oregon Food Bank and to Dignity Village. We were awed by their performance and by the power of the music and the play and we took something home with us that night that many of us will never forget. It was a truly an incredible experience.

We thank you Hood River for your kindness and wonderful hospitality.

Jack Tafari, chairman

Dignity Village, Portland

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