Letters - April 20

An honored speaker

I am very pleased that Dr. Hardy Limeback will be the featured guest speaker at this year’s Earth Day Lecture.

Dr. Limeback, B.Sc., Ph.D. in biochemistry, DDS, professor, director of the Department of Preventive Dentistry for the University of Toronto and past-president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, is Canada’s leading authority on fluoride and preventive dentistry.

The public Earth Day Lecture will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn in the Columbia River Room. Admission is free.

Dr. Limeback will also present a Continuing Education lecture to our local physicians and dentists on April 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River.

We all should encourage our health care providers, especially our dentists, to attend one of these exciting educational presentations. Not only will health care providers hear a lecture given by one of the foremost and leading authorities in his field, they will also fulfill their continuing education requirements and stay abreast of the latest and most current research with regard to fluoride and preventive dentistry.

Dr. Limeback is a prominent scientist and world-recognized researcher who is highly respected. It is truly an honor to have someone with Dr. Limeback’s impeccable credentials visit Hood River. Anyone interested in the most current information regarding the effects of fluoride supplementation of children and optimal water fluoridation should plan on attending.

Please don’t miss this great opportunity to hear a leading authority on the subject of fluoride.

Irene Aikin

Hood River

Church must change

Your April 9 editorial notes that Pope John Paul was a man of contradictions. That is certainly true. For example, he was opposed to the two wars the U.S. waged against the people of Iraq but refused to support the liberation theology, progressive priests in Latin America.

Also, he denied the women of the world the right to choose whether to bear children or not, and he denied all people the right of contraception or any kind of birth control. This, it seems to me, is unconscionable in a world where overpopulation threatens to overwhelm the environment, and even to jeopardize our continuation as a species. And his views do nothing to counter prejudice and oppression of gays and lesbians — indeed they may even encourage it. It is time for the Catholic Church to move into the 21st century and support civil rights for all the world’s people regardless of sex or gender orientation.

Diane Allen

White Salmon

‘Unpredictable’ great

Last Friday night some friends and I attended “Unpredictable,” a play and benefit for Noah Smith by Nancy Behrmann’s reading class at Wy’east Middle School. Fully expecting to enjoy another “kids’ school program” I found myself transfixed. The script was taken from Noah’s, John’s and Marilyn’s writings about the accident and their lives since. Noah’s incredible courage and determination to walk and the support, pain, love and pride of his parents.

It was augmented by writings by the students and music I hear on the CD when my grandson is in charge of programming. I was stunned. How can these “children” put together something so wonderful?

What is it about Hood River schools and theater arts? The talent is amazing. Maybe it’s in the water.

Thank you Ms. Behrmann, thank you kids, thank you John, Marilyn and Noah for sharing so much with us, thank you Wy’east for doing so much with so little money.

Chris Burgess


Majority rule?

A recent letter to the editor stated that Nuclear Option means Majority Rules. If that were indeed true then Al Gore would have been elected president, courts could not overturn the will of the voters, a president could not veto a bill from Congress and we wouldn’t be in Iraq. Also, when majority rules you get politicians who abuse their power like Tom DeLay.

John Codino

Hood River

Roeseler for Port

While I do not know Allen Smith personally — “Roeseler for Port,” April 6 — I find myself in agreement with him point for point with regard to what our waterfront should become, as well as who should take us there.

Please join me in voting for Cory Roeseler. I believe that his experiences as a longtime Hood River resident, the father of two, an engineering employee of a small local technology business with national and international clients, and a very active member in our schools and recreational community will serve all of us very well.

Eric Cohn

Hood River

Protection threatened

How could a gambling facility have been proposed in an area that has been designated part of the unique and “protected” Columbia River Gorge? Oh yes, the process is well-known, build in Cascade Locks or tribal land in Hood River will become the location of a casino. An improbable location used as a threatening leverage.

A casino would destroy the natural and historic presence of the City of Cascade Locks and its environs. It would no longer exist, as its residents now know it. The changes would not be made by or for those now living in the area. Developers and speculators who have no personal or longtime devotion to the Gorge would control development. Property speculation is said to be currently taking place.

The Cascade Locks location raises many questions. Why has the governor reversed his long stand of objection to off-reservation casinos? He was previously fearful it would set a precedent.

Is lobbying money being used to influence federal approval? Could there be a connection between locating an off-reservation gambling facility in Oregon and lobbyist Jack Abramoff? He and a man named Michael Scanlon managed to get over $82 million from American Indian tribes in exchange for furthering their casino interests.

What a small world. It sounds like the scandals surrounding Tom DeLay, U.S. Congress. They include a golfing trip in Scotland with Mr. Abramoff, paid for with tribal lobbying takings.

It would be admirable if the Warm Springs Indians could create an income for their people. But destroying what are already cherished grounds for gambling and a possible corruptive enterprise is sad indeed.

Betty Foxley

Hood River

Vote for Bergstrom

I spent my first summer in Hood River in 1992. By no means was I one of the first of the flood of transplants to gravitate toward what I felt was an incredible place, but I have been here long enough to see Hood River grow a considerable amount. Ask people in Oregon and around the world that know of Hood River what they think of Hood River, and most of the time you will see the answer in their faces before you hear it ... we live in an unusual and special community.

Growth and change are inevitable. Hood River, as I knew it my first summer, is gone, but the feel and the people are still here. Because of the different feel and special people of this community, I have decided that Hood River is where I want to spend the rest of my life. And it is for that reason that I believe it is important to look to the future and plan for the direction of the growth and change of which Hood River is already in the midst.

What “feel” are we going for in the future? Do we want to be an “outlet” resort town? Will Hood River be just another place to shop the same stores with the same condos you find in so many other “developed destinations?” Or, are we going to work toward maintaining the unique feel that we are known for and so many people are drawn to?

I am writing this letter in favor of Dr. Lars Bergstrom for Port Commissioner. I have known Lars since I moved to Hood River and have watched and worked with him as he earned first a master’s degree and finally a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource sciences. He is an exceptional friend and father. I know him to be driven, considerate, an extraordinarily hard worker, and a person of tremendous integrity.

Lars cares about Hood River and has the best interests of our town at heart. He has fought, and will continue to fight, to ensure that the development of our town, from both the outside and within, adheres to these interests. He will work to balance the need for growth and change with the desire to preserve our community.

I hope you will join with me in support of Lars for Port.

Forrest Hubler

Hood River

Paths for people

As a longtime proponent of creating a system of biking/walking/jogging paths throughout Hood River city and county, I am pleased to announce that the County Commissioners are ready to receive input from all of you residents so they can consider moving forward on this project!

Of course we need to overwhelm them with our support and ideas. To do this you can e-mail your comments to pathsforpeople@yahoo.com. Ask someone to call you to discuss your ideas at the same address or call or write Rodger Schock, 386-3970, for the County Commissioners at the courthouse. Tell us if you would be willing to come to a meeting to brainstorm and discuss this.

Please thank Rodger for being willing to take this on. Explain to him what it is like to try to ride a bike on nine inches of tarmac with a gravelly slope to a ditch on one side and cars whizzing by on the other.

Tell him how wonderful it would be to have a safe trail to send your kids to town and back. Perhaps you have been driving, trying to pass a mom with a stroller on the side of the road, and here comes a car toward you so you can’t give mama a wide berth. Scary!

Thank you, Hood River!

Alison McDonald

Hood River

Stop Nuclear Option

In the next 10 days the Republicans will try to use the “Nuclear Option” to seize absolute power to appoint judges who will roll back decades of progress in protecting worker rights, the environment and privacy.

The “Nuclear Option” is a parliamentary trick to eliminate the filibuster — the right to extend debate on controversial judicial nominations. One of the first judges the “Nuclear Option” would force through is Janice Rodgers Brown of California, who is nominated for the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, a common steppingstone to the Supreme Court.

Judge Brown follows an extremist judicial philosophy that calls for the courts to block Congress from guaranteeing such things as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Susanne Ruiz

The Dalles

Waterfront for people

The Hood River Port Commission needs to look at the industrial areas in Odell to see how industrial parks should work.

The public should have all the waterfront. All industry and townhouses must be set back from the water so the beaches are for the public anyway.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Casino disappointment

“Disappointment” can only begin to express my feelings about Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s decision to permit a Cascade Locks gaming facility.

“Irritation” can only begin to express my feelings about the Hood River News’ support of a gaming facility in Cascade Locks based on an apparent “not in my back yard” attitude.

“Sadness” can only begin to express my feelings for the shortsighted residents of Cascade Locks who support a gaming facility inside of one of the world’s most beautiful places.

“Determination” can only begin to describe the encouragement I offer to all those (myself included) who will write and e-mail Gail Norton, Secretary of the Interior of The United States of America urging her NOT to allow the building of an Indian gaming facility in Cascade Locks, or Hood River, or anywhere in the Columbia River Gorge.

Mike Stroud

Hood River

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