Letters - Nov. 12

Honor veterans

It is the veteran, not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer,

who has given us the freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician,

who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran

who salutes the flag.

It is the veteran

who serves under the flag.

It is the flag that represents all Americans.

Please honor both.

During Hurricane Isabel the Senate and House took off two days saying they couldn’t work. On the ABC Evening News it was reported that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabel approaching Washington, D.C., the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.

They refused, saying, “No Way, Sir!”

Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.

The Tomb has now been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. We truly can be proud of the men and women in the service no matter where they serve!

Paula Perez

In the Army in Okinawa

(submitted by Mary Morell, Hood River)

Ring lesson

No names mentioned:

Some time ago in church I had a girl sit by me. She took off my ring and was playing with it. I forgot to ask her to give it back to me. The next Sunday or so I asked for it and she said she didn’t have it so I went to the house with her and she brought out a ring. I said it wasn’t mine and then she said it was down at her grandmother’s. I told her I wanted my ring back, but I never got it back. I felt bad but I never got it back and never did anything and let it pass.

She and some kids went by my house the other day and I asked her about my ring and I got negative answers so I told her I was going to see her mother. That evening I went; I couldn’t tell her mother the exact day it was (taken). She told me she couldn’t be responsible for it since I couldn’t tell her when it was, etc.

I have decided to forget the whole thing. It has been a sad and expensive lesson to me.

I also learned the old saying, ‘not to put off tomorrow what you can do today.’

Charlotte Smith


Suspicious timing

It’s interesting that, after the election, Susan Froelich of the CRWD, claims that the voters “made an informed and intelligent” decision.

The CRWD didn’t seem to expect that before the election when CRWD’s Treasurer Cory Roeseler filed accusations of election law violations against Port Director Dave Harlan and City Manager Lynn Guenther. Those accusations were filed just in time for the last Hood River News before the election and didn’t even include any alleged evidence against Guenther.

The charges against Guenther were then withdrawn the day after the election. It doesn’t get any cheaper than that. It speaks volumes of CRWD’s low opinion of the electorate and its members’ own lack of character and civility.

I urge the Hood River News, in the future, to avoid giving a platform to this kind of cheap ploy that adds absolutely nothing to constructive political debate.

Dave Dockham

Hood River

Gracious welcome

Regarding the Hood River Valley vs. Clackamas football game:

I am writing to express my appreciation to the Hood River Valley parents and fans.

We attended the playoff football game on Nov. 7 between Hood River and Clackamas. While we were waiting in the visitor’s stands, a Hood River parent approached our group and offered programs and directions to the concession stands and restrooms. I cannot ever remember being extended that courtesy from a home team before. We were amazed at the welcome we received.

Thank you very much to the parents and fans who were so gracious to us. We will look forward to playing at your stadium again!

Leslie Oberding


Decline to sign

The revenue package that our legislature passed is fair. It is fair based on factual information. One in four of the dollars we need to fund services comes from the Bush administration that does not support working families or public services. At the same time we are dealing with a $2 billion state revenue shortfall.

Oregon has lost $204 million because of the federal tax cuts. The revenue package finally addresses corporate $10 tax minimums that PGE and other large corporations have paid for years. It takes away tax loopholes for Oregon companies that profit from overseas operations.

Example of the tax increase to joint filers between $20-40,000 would be $4.17 per year, $50-70,000 would be $8.17 per year, over $100-200,000 would be $39.17 per year. Single filers are even less. Can you give up a few lattés or fast food to protect our schools, fund our public services, keep our neighborhoods safe and best of all know that you made a difference? Decline to sign the petition, for the sake of all Oregonians.

Gina Santacroce


Halloween pleasure

I had the pleasure of handing out candy to the children on Halloween here at the Hood River Care Center.

I have never had such fun on Halloween as I did the other night. The kids were all so cute and polite. None caused any problems. We had 400 or more come through the door — they were all dressed so cute. I guess we owe a lot to the parents. Thank you! Looking forward to next year. Thank you all.

Maurine Puddy

Hood River

‘Just plain wrong’

I wonder if the members of Results Through Representative Government are satisfied with the results of the Nov. 4 vote in the U.S. Senate? This was the vote to spend an additional $87 billion in Iraq. This was the vote that makes a farce out of the Federal Budget and Congressional budget balancing legislation. The Senate chose to have a voice vote. This was the vote that no senator could be held accountable for.

This was the vote that five, I repeat five, people voted on. Where were the other 95 “representative” senators when this vote was taken? They were conspicuously absent from the Senate chamber. The lack of responsible representation in the senate on this vote is reprehensible, immoral, cowardly and just plain wrong. It is little wonder there is so little respect for Capitol Hill. This was not representative government. This was not even government. This was disgusting.

Gary J. Fields

Hood River

Work together

Over the past few months, much time and energy has been spent — on all sides — to promote ideas and visions for the future of the waterfront. The ideas and messages were indeed passionate because all of us care about the waterfront and the economic viability of Hood River. It seems that the waterfront connects the individual people and parts of Hood River, making it the most incredible community in Oregon. Thereby, the water’s importance to each of us in similar and sometimes different ways.

The people, which includes the “silent majority,” have clearly stated the direction that they want to see Hood River grow. The vote was overwhelmingly positive at 67 percent. I am hopeful that the representative government will listen to their constituents and work with them. The time for divisiveness and energy spent in opposite directions should be put to rest. Why not use all of our energy together to develop the waterfront in the direction that most people want? It would be incredibly powerful energy, with our valuable time and money used for positive purposes — a park on the waterfront for all of us to use, enjoy and share with our family and friends. A waterfront that would include a beautiful park AND create family-wage jobs, and try to maintain our quality of life in Hood River.

I am hopeful — very hopeful — that we can create an area that works for all of us. We can do it — together — and make it a true community effort, which is the real jewel of Hood River.

Susan Froehlich

Hood River

Right in democracy

The letter of Mr. Craig Danner of Dee entitled “Landslide majority” seems to imply that democracy is only good if one wins in an election. I am opposed to both (Nov. 4 ballot) measures and voted that way and I am for a Wal-Mart Supercenter but I too consider myself a democratic person, especially since I know and have experienced the alternative. Democracy is not about winning or losing in an election, it is about doing it the right way.

Sometimes, however, voters get too emotional and when that happens as it could happen here and with the Wal-Mart issue the voters have to taste their own mistake. I hope they will, then, too praise democracy.

Peter H. von Oppel

Hood River

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