Letters - August 20

Vigil for peace

A dozen Hood River residents, several with small children, joined with thousands of people all over the nation on the evening of Aug. 17 to hold a candlelight vigil supporting “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, supporter Susan Crowley of Hood River reported.

Sheehan has been camped near the entrance to President Bush’s Texas ranch in an effort to speak with him about the death of her soldier son in Iraq.

The vigil at Memorial Park in downtown Hood River was joined spontaneously by Rik Burkhart, a Vietnam veteran who happened to be passing by on his way to dinner. “After the first shock and awe attack, I felt this was Vietnam all over again. This war is a manipulated waste of money and energy, based on lies.”

Burkhart, who says he still wakes at night to images of Vietnam combat, added, “We must as a nation figure out how to solve conflict other than by going to war. The pain and suffering those people in Iraq are putting up with now is really sad.”

Susan Crowley

Hood River

Add parking

Re: “Another Voice” by Kurt Osborne:

I agree completely with Kurt’s opinion concerning Hood River.

Recently a neighbor of ours did a little remodeling. They were required to spend money on an additional curb cut and an area for an additional car to park. It didn’t matter that there was parking for one car off-street and two on-street in front of their house.

Why don’t these same rules apply for the condos presently being built in downtown Hood River? Also, why allow office space without off-street parking?

The best way to kill downtown businesses is to make it difficult for people to reach those businesses. I have traveled downtown Hood River many times. It is very difficult to find parking. It is impossible to travel many streets. Many locals do not even try to go downtown. Now, all we need is a new shopping center to draw more people from downtown.

Why not double deck the parking area between Cascade and Columbia? This would at least double the parking area, and since the view for people on Cascade has already been destroyed, it would not affect them.

Leonard Hickman

Hood River

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