Letters - Nov. 9

Too precious to lose

On Oct. 28 my husband and I attended the Corps of Discovery 2 presentation at the Discovery Center as it passed through The Dalles in commemoration of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition 200 years ago. On Oct. 29, 1805, the explorers observed Mount Hood close up. They identified at least three tributaries to the Columbia (the Klickitat, Hood, and White Salmon rivers) and recorded the beautiful waterfall which now cascades from the grounds of the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

As Dick and I stood at the magnificent window of the Discovery Center overlooking the Gorge, we suddenly thought ahead to the 300 year expedition anniversary in 2105. We’ll all be gone by then, but it is up to us right now to see that Corps of Discovery 3 will encounter a Gorge as pristine as Lewis and Clark found it.

Let’s get busy and address the acid rain question and other environmental concerns which threaten our Gorge. It’s too precious to lose!

Wendy and Dick Best


Mosier is exceptional

Congratulations to the students, teachers, and staff at the Mosier Community School! Mosier Community School has received an Exceptional rating on the Oregon Department of Education’s 2004-2005 Annual School Report Card. Out of all the schools in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties, Mosier Community School was the only one with this Exceptional rating. Good job!

Peggy Bogard

Hood River

‘A perfect solution’

Trade Wal-Mart the land they bought by the freeway for land around Windmaster corner for their super Wal-Mart. It has the zoning, etc., perfect solution, or they may move to Cascade Locks and the casino.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Beg for action

What a weak response to the quake victims in north Pakistan. The most well-equipped military in the world (ours) has sent 21 helicopters (1 per 150,000). We have 3,000 and although the U.S. has pledged $50 million in cash aid, it has only paid out $15 million; even worse, many rich countries have given nothing. The homeless number 2.3 million, including children and infants. We have three weeks to act before winter weather hits the Himalayas. Then nothing much else can be done except watch the death toll double from 80,000 to …

We have spent $300 billion in Iraq! Why won’t we help these people! I beg all of you. Time is of the essence. Thousands more will die. Demand action now.

John Reed


Thinking of billions

“U.S. Rep Greg Walden wants to know if the taxpayers are getting a good return from the billions that are being spent annually to preserve wild salmon and steelhead runs.” (“Salmon focus off target, says Walden,” Hood River News, Nov. 2, 2005.)

I think what Greg Walden should be considering is whether taxpayers are getting a good return for the billions being wasted daily on this immoral war he has continually supported in Iraq. How many more lives is Greg Walden willing to spend for a probable Theocracy? How much more suffering and devastation is Greg Walden willing to endure before he’s decided it’s enough?

Tear down the dams, Greg Walden. Tear down the dams of occupation, of death, destruction, and misery. Think of all those billions we’d have to spend on saving the salmon and our environment, not to mention all the lives we’d save in Iraq. That, Mr. Walden, would be a good return.

Please come stand with our Veterans by supporting Armistice Day, Nov. 11. A candlelight vigil will be held at Overlook Memorial Park at 6 p.m. Come stand for peace and an end to war, now and forever.

Linda Short

Hood River

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