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Letters - January 1

Wait and see

The Cooper Spur Wild and Free people are jumping the gun and shooting themselves in the foot. Meadows has not applied for any permits, and whenever they do, everyone will have the opportunity to comment.

The fact that Meadows is taking time to put their plan together means to me that they are being careful and considerate. I would expect that from a company that has been in business locally for over three decades, and applaud them for not rushing a plan.

I’m waiting to see a real proposal before I make my final decision. Overall, I’m not opposed to a destination resort at Cooper Spur as long as it protects the Crystal Springs water. Economic development is not a bad thing, and a resort expansion will add a variety of jobs. The resorts in Central Oregon have been good for that area.

Marc Thompson

Cook, Wash.

Full use of lands

I am a 75-year-old Oregonian, a resident of the state since 1952. A Mazama member for over 40 years. I am a forester by university education and a great lover of the out-of-doors. I am also a firm advocate for the full use of our lands, both public and private. I greatly appreciate wilderness as well as development that is designed to respect the land and offer mankind proper use. The honest path to broad based public support for our land is to have it used and appreciated. I delight in seeing a significant number of my fellow citizens out on the trails or climbing. Fifty years ago I hiked and climbed without seeing many people. However the support for nature was very limited, now its significant people are out doing a host of activities. Had there been no support for Timberline or the current Mount Hood Meadows at a critical time, we would have been denied a great benefit to hosts of people. Let’s be forward thinking, plan for the future, support a proper development on the northeast side of Hood. Let more people enjoy the delight of nature. Yes, to some it means a golf course; I don’t golf, but to some it is important. The Hood River Valley is now, and will be more in the future, pressured by economic realities. Let’s use what we have for the benefit of us all. Thank you.

Ken Guenther

Portland

Told like it is

In response to Warren Morgan’s recent complaints about your coverage of the recent “casino poll,” I must add my opinion to the mix. First of all, I’m assuming that when Mr. Morgan refers to the “opposition,” he is definitely not in favor of siting a casino in Cascade Locks. I personally wholeheartedly support your reporting of the story. It tells it like it is. Thank you for that!

If Mr. Morgan had been “surveyed,” he would have to agree that the so-called poll was completely controlled by the questions asked. I was “polled” by the anonymous party to participate in said 10-minute question period, and there was no way to answer any of the questions as being favorable to the issue of siting a casino in Cascade Locks. That in itself makes it “bogus and biased” and frankly, “confusing.” Call every one of us back and ask straight questions, and I’m sure you’ll get different answers. Will it then be more scientific?

When I complained to the caller that the questions were derogatory and nearly inflammatory to the Warm Springs Tribe, I was told that they could not report that information, just the direct answers to my questions. In addition, I was told they could not and would not tell me who was paying for the poll. It was top secret stuff.

All it takes is money to buy the time for a professional polling company — something the Grand Ronde apparently has plenty of and something Cascade Locks does not.

Donna Heuker

Dodson

‘All she wrote’

When the northeast face of Mt. Hood, the last pristine area on the mountain, falls to development by Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd., that will be “all she wrote.” The majestic mountain that we all cherish will be forever changed.

If you have concerns or objections, it is time to let your voice be heard. Please provide input to the Hood River County Planning Commission and to the Hood River County Commissioners, or attend the Jan. 22 legislative hearing.

The mountain/wildlife/Crystal Springs watershed needs our help NOW.

Sue Hartford

Hood River

Give a listen

According to the recent article in the Hood River News, the Cooper Spur Wild and Free Coalition is primarily made up of people who live outside of Hood River County. It appears that since the Hood River Valley Residents Committee only has 120 family members, they had to recruit other out-of-town no-growth preservationists to bolster their media and public relations effort. That really doesn’t impress me, since I don’t want people from Portland telling me what Hood River County should or shouldn’t do anyway.

I talked to Dave Riley recently and he said they were not rushing into any proposals because they are still studying the land and watershed, as well as talking with people in the community. I believe we should wait and see what they propose before deciding whether it’s a good or bad project. Whenever they end up proposing their projects, a public process will occur prior to approvals.

Mr. Riley is a very approachable and professional manager, and is willing to listen. I recommend that you give him a call before you assume anything.

Mike Sievers

Cooper Spur

Find middle ground

The fact I gleaned from the Hood River News is that there is nothing Meadows can do to prevent extreme opposition to any proposal at Cooper Spur. As a resident of Hood River County, I would like to speak up for a sizable number of people whom I think want to make a reasoned decision about a development in our county. I am cautious about a Meadows proposal, but, because of the lack of any other proposals for economic development, we must at least consider what Meadows has to say.

The CSWFC coalition is determined to fight anything, anywhere, and will cost the taxpayers of this county a bundle. It is easy to oppose any development from an office in Portland, or from a secure job not dependent on the local economy. We need to produce more private industry jobs which will increase the tax base of this county for the benefit of schools and public services. A fact I need to see is the impact of hundreds of new jobs and increased property tax base. There will surely be conflicting numbers from the various sides, but let’s see the projections!

There are lots of “grassroots perspectives” in this valley. The 50,000 members (more than double the entire population of the county) in the Cooper Spur Wild and Free coalition deserve an input into a decision, but they don’t speak for me. Shouldn’t more of the people who actually live and work here have at least an equal voice? The high unemployment rate and shrinking private tax base of this county means less money for schools and public services, and it is the function of our elected officials to mitigate this situation.

Perhaps the members of the CSWFC would be more productive seeking out alternative forms of economic development, instead of threatening lawsuits against any potential development possibility. There are lots of bad developments, but let’s give the good ones a chance. Furthermore, character assassinations are amateurish and distasteful.

I can assure you I have experienced the joy of elk migration across my property in recent years. How many elk migration routes in this valley were disturbed 100 years ago, 50 years ago, 20 years ago? Only a tiny portion of Mt. Hood is not wilderness. Absence of human habitation means no disruption, but do any CSWFC members want to turn their orchard or suburban yard or vacation home into a wildlife refuge?

It is time we give a private developer like Meadows a fair chance. Anyone taking a common sense approach to economic development risks being vilified by those who claim the moral high ground by being anti-growth. There IS a middle ground of compromise and reason which can benefit everyone.

Dick Reed

Hood River

Sticking points

Here are a couple of old bumper stickers worth reflecting upon:

1942

Should brave men die so you can drive...?

1991

Mr. Bush, if oil is worth dying for, it is worth conserving?

The latter, 1991, was resurrected in 2002, eleven years later, and can be seen on the back of a Hybrid Prius in Hood River county.

Jack Mills

Mt. Hood

Time to Act

In this third year of the new millennium shall we finally see through the ominous official corruption, lies and deception? Will we possess the strength and fortitude to commit to actions which halt the erosion of our democracy; threatening our rights, our freedoms and our liberties?

Do we have the understanding and the will to join the dissent and protest; to support the growing and pervasive uprising and revolution of the people against the destructive powers and inequities of rampant corporate and financial capital; to oppose governmental arrogance and intransigence; the many intolerances and reckless interventions in the affairs of others? Can we marshall the energies and the resolve to defy our global military, economic and political domination and repression; reject the accelerating dangers of unilateral and pre-emptive actions, and the menacing encroachment of a police state; fascism, and a future of perpetual oppression, terrorism, violence, conflict and war?

At such a critical time in our history, how can we deny and fail to stand with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; organize and work to achieve true social democratic values and revolutionary change; and to secure one world united in pursuit of Peace, Justice and Liberty for all peoples and all nations. Now is the time to act!

Leonard Kitts

Hood River

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