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Letters - Nov. 30

Walden represents

In his letter of Nov. 23, Mark Reynolds states that Greg Walden was “never elected in the first place.” A strange statement since Walden received 72 percent of the vote in the last election.

He also characterizes Walden as “non-representative.” That is his view and certainly not mine. I believe that Walden’s political agenda is dictated by the difficult task of addressing the human and environmental needs of this district and nothing more.

The radio stations in the Gorge ran anti-Bush as well as anti-Kerry ads last fall. This type of ad is paid for by the political groups involved and is present prior to any presidential election.

Robert A. Wymore, M.D.

Hood River

Enough is enough

I scratch my head in awe. Between our planning commissioners (city and county) and our engineering departments, one seems to create problems for the other which the other doesn’t know how to solve.

Between our many governmental agencies, we have had study after study without a study of the studies to determine as to what is politically correct.

Perhaps it can best be explained by the Corps of Engineers’ motto, “The easy we make difficult. The difficult – impossible!”

It is time for our leaders to pull up their boot straps, tighten their belts, recognize that “enough is enough,” and learn how to say “moratorium.”

Alan Winans

Hood River

Support park

Who wouldn’t want to support a beautiful waterfront park on Hood River’s prime port area?

I was lucky enough to have been born and raised in this awesome valley, but had the opportunity to pursue a career for 20-plus years away from “God’s Country.” Having moved back 10 years ago, I cherish what this valley has become.

I am writing to endorse the Waterfront Park, which will be built with community support and will provide the quintessential setting for what Hood River stands for.

The first of many fund-raisers for the park will be on Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 3 Rivers Grill. Tickets are selling quickly, but may be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore for $40, which will include wine, appetizers, music, and a raffle for an elegant photograph by Darryl Lloyd.

I encourage everyone to get into the holiday spirit and join us for a fun evening supporting this super project.

Hope to see you there.

Gordy Sato

Parkdale

Protect watersheds

This is being written on the Oregon coast, as I gaze out over the beach at the mesmerizing waves of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I am sipping a glass of water that tastes metallic and somewhat “muddy.” It smells of chlorine. It is reasonably clear now, but I wonder what color it will be after a heavy rain. Have you traveled recently? What was the drinking water like? Did people drink water from the tap or bottled water? Was the water even available from a tap? Available at all?

One of the blessings of living in the Hood River Valley is the clearest, purist, best drinking water in the world. Currently there is no definitive protection of our watersheds. Placing major portions of some of these watersheds into the Mount Hood Wilderness would be an ideal start to establishing that protection. The Tilly Jane area will protect some of the Crystal Springs watershed. Portions of the Marco Creek-Lost Lake Butte area will protect the City of Hood River’s watershed.

Please come hear the proposal of Representatives Blumenauer and Walden at their Mount Hood Summit III, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Put your thoughts down on a piece of paper to turn in, or if there is an opportunity, tell them in person.

Hugh B. McMahan

Mt. Hood

No editorializing

RaeLynn Ricarte’s article (Nov. 26) about Port Director Dave Harlan was a new low for the Hood River News.

The journalist used it as an op-ed piece to slam the citizens of Hood River who want some control over their waterfront and to slam the few Port members who are trying hard to reach a compromise between the need to create new jobs and the importance of preserving those businesses and jobs that we already have in the downtown area.

As Port Director, Dave Harlan was all about the “physics of money”— but not money in terms of jobs or inflow to the city. No, his biggest idea for the waterfront was to turn it into a sea of condos, built by a developer from Bend who was going to bring all his own workers from HIS home town. No jobs for Hood River, and an outflow of money for the city.

Perhaps RaeLynn Ricarte’s writings would be better read under the letters to the editor, where the rest of us are content to vent.

I certainly don’t want to be reading her opinion on the front page of my newspaper.

Thank you.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Hood River

Mid-block turns

I hope that Wednesday’s accident between a car and a motorcycle on 12th Street causes drivers and police alike to consider the State Driving Manual.

There is no way that a car can come out of the alley north of U.S. Bank, turn into and head north in the right lane, signal and THEN turn left and head north in the left hand lane, THEN again signal and turn west into B. Street. You either cut on the diagonal across both lanes or turn left from the right lane.

The same is true for many other locations in Hood River; people often make diagonal cuts and turns from mid-block parking spaces, for just one example. It wouldn’t hurt us to drive one more block to do it safely. And, if it would, the police should hurt us in the pocketbook. Before someone is killed!

Dave Dockham

Hood River

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