Letters - Dec. 10

Where is justice?

Where is the justice when a 10-year-old child is hit and killed in a crosswalk and the driver only receives a citation for “Careless Driving” under ORS 811.135 as a Class A Traffic Violation? This, to my understanding, is the decision of District Attorney Eric Nisley and The Dalles City Police.

Brian McClusky was a very dear friend of my family and to tell those of us who knew and loved him that his loss of life is only worth a Misdemeanor charge is asinine and completely devastating to say the least. Am I wrong in being MAD and having NO faith in the justice system?

Brandy Wolf

Dallesport, Wash.

Apology in order

Judy Benton needs to be commended for her courage to come to the defense of Greg Walden in the Dec. 7 edition of the Hood River News, although, Greg Walden does not need any defense.

His integrity and devotion to serve his constituents puts him way above the hate-filled and so obviously untrue accusations by Mr. Reynolds.

It is a sad sign of our times that in order to get a point across or to state an opinion some people seem to have to resort to character assassination.

As Mrs. Benton demanded, Mr. Reynolds owes Greg Walden and us a public apology.

Peter von Oppel

Hood River

History lost

It makes me sad to see so many magnificent trees cut down. In recent months huge trees have been removed from the south of Good News Gardening, west of May Street School, north of the airport, and now next to the Heights Sub Shop 15.

I haven’t called to inquire into the reasons for removing the trees. Maybe they were inhibiting development or a hazard to an existing building. Reasons could be very valid.

What makes me sad is that their aesthetic value, shading, cooling, habitat, and the value they added to property, and our community, are now lost.

Please, before you cut, consider the time it takes for these trees to grow. They are a part of our history.

Samantha Irwin

Hood River

Will ’56 meet?

Is the Blue Dragon class of 1956 going to hold a 50th reunion this summer? I would very much like to be included in any plan for such an historic get together.

I left Hood River after my freshman year, but the remembrances are rich of those friends made in Hood River, such as Ty Taylor, Jim Davis, Dick Edstrom, John Shipley, Tony Bell, Judy Casteel, Shirley Jones, and Larry Miller.

George Durrie

807 Front St.

Cheney, Wash. 99004

Diogenes’ search

Recent calls for new presidential perspectives and advisors bring to mind memories of a remarkable, and all but forgotten, gentleman of the last century.

Before he retired from public office Bernard Baruch was a consummate Washington insider, known for his integrity and nonpartisan approach to the affairs of state. His most important influence on the Washington scene, however, followed his retirement.

Baruch was often to be seen in his long overcoat, sitting on a bench in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, reading a newspaper and feeding the pigeons. From time to time, troubled government officials seeking his advice would amble up to sit beside him, knowing that what passed between them would never get beyond the bench. Baruch, possibly the most influential man in mid-century Washington, informal advisor to many presidents, was known simply as Washington’s “sage,” or wise man.

Perhaps it is time to dust off that park bench and find another Bernard Baruch to offer fatherly advice to a young president who may still be able to bring his nation back from the brink. From ancient times, sages and councils of elders have been the stabilizing influence on young rulers, tempering their inexperience and impulsiveness with a wisdom borne of their many years; counseling what no insider dares, yet evoking the ruler’s respect and trust.

Official presidential advisors, like Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, seem to come to grief on the rocks of political partisanship and personal ambition. They also lack the years of acquired wisdom and perspective of a true sage. Instead, we may need another prudent and judicious park bench sitter.

It was the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, lamp in hand, who searched his nation’s capitol for just one wise and honest man. Perhaps this is the search that we should be about today.

David C. Duncombe

White Salmon

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