Letters - July 13

Yes to casino

This letter is in response to Tom Farrell’s letter of July 9 and his opposition to the casino as Cascade Locks.

Mr. Farrell, I simply must disagree with your position. The bottom line is many people in the Gorge are tired of folks from “elsewhere” telling us what is best for us. We do after all have the Gorge Commission for that. Because you most likely have a good job with benefits, you probably don’t understand the fact that Skamania and Klickitat counties have the highest unemployment rates in the state of Washington. Hood River County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state of Oregon.

What the people of the Gorge really need are jobs plain and simple, and the casino is an excellent place to start. If you have a solution that will put food on the table for the citizens of the Gorge I am all ears. Believe me when I tell you, when the casino goes in, you will still be able to hop in your car and drive down the Gorge and enjoy it as you always have and it will continue to be green ... the sky is not falling! If you choose not to travel to the Gorge because the casino is here, I am confident you will find another area of the state to visit that will meet your standards! I fully support the casino and I will gamble there!

Jonathan Blake

White Salmon

Thanks for movies

Movies in the Park rules!

A huge thanks to Community Education.

When the drive-in shut down I was really sad. But then this came along! It’s so great, I hope it never ends.

Ben Dane,

Age 9

Hood River

Seeking Horner info

My name is Susan L. Foster. My father was Lester L. Horner. He passed away in July of 1958. He was a Korean War veteran and an upstanding citizen of Hood River. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him. I am his oldest daughter and want to know his history and maybe why he committed suicide. My oldest son is a politician in Phoenix, Ariz., and would like to know his history also since his father also committed suicide. We would like to help other families deal with this terrible reality.

Susan L. Foster

E-mail Patchouli@inebraska.com

Lincoln, Neb.

C. Locks was there

As a Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician on the Cascade Locks Emergency Medical Services Rescue Department, I was shocked to say the least when I read your article regarding the departments that were listed (“Leap injures Eagle Creek cliff jumper”, July 6). We weren’t even mentioned! I personally drove one of the injured young men to Legacy Emanuel in Portland in our ambulance, our paramedic Jeff Pritcher (also a Crag Rat) was one of the first people to reach the young man in the water.

Hood River Fire Department wasn’t even there! No wonder no one knows about Cascade Locks Fire and EMS! The only time I saw our department’s name in your paper was when Hood River FD was taking over. Nothing about all the trail rescues, train wrecks and vehicle accidents ever appear. If they do, we rarely get the credit.

All of us are volunteers and a little recognition would go a long way. Where do you get your so-called “facts” anyway? Just a little information to help you do your job: We respond to all emergencies from Multnomah Falls to Viento State Park. We also respond to 99 percent of the calls that come in — not bad for an all-volunteer department! And — we are averaging 2-3 calls per day and have been for some time now. Let’s see what we’ve accomplished just in the last year or so — headlines could have read: Delivered a baby in the ambulance on the way to Hood River: “Baby in no mood to wait! Local mother gives birth in a Cascade Locks Ambulance” ... “1 1/2 year-old falls out of a second story window — rescued by Cascade Locks EMS” ... “Woman with broken ankle rescued from trail in the middle of the night in pouring down rain by Cascade Locks!” ... “Television viewers protected from seeing deceased man by quick-thinking firefighter’s actions” (train wreck in Dodson — I saw the cameras coming and had the guys cover up the deceased and then we lined up shoulder to shoulder so that no one on TV could see). Would you want to find out someone you knew was dead like that?

There are many more events but suffice it to say that you do not do your community nor your patrons justice when you print incorrect information.

Susan Freeman

Volunteer EMT/Firefighter

Cascade Locks EMS Fire and Rescue

To The World:

Please listen. Just listen.

What is happening to us? What is happening to the world? Why are we, as human beings, doing this to ourselves? Why can’t we see that despite our differences, we’re all the same? Yes, we’re different colors, different shapes, sizes — the list goes on. But underneath, we’re all people, with emotions, beliefs, and thoughts. Mine are no better than yours, and yours, no better than mine. To me it seems as if our whole history consists of putting more importance on our differences than on our similarities. Where has this gotten us? Where will this get us? Will it be the same when the world is ending? Will the last two people end up taking each other’s lives?

We as human beings are amazing. Look at the world. Don’t judge, just look. Look how far we’ve come since the beginning. Imagine how far we can go. We can, and do change the world. Every single one of us, as a whole species, changes the world. All I am asking is that you think about your future, the future of the world. Should hate or love lead our world? Won’t our world continue to suffer if we continue to love some — and hate others? Please, for the sake of those you do love, love the rest of the world too.

Susanna Gabay


Cloud Cap facts

So next weekend is the first time since 1940 that Cloud Cap Inn is open for tours by the public? Well, that is news to me.

My father, Robert Hukari, was one of the Crag Rats who worked to save and restore Cloud Cap Inn since 1952, when the Forest Service proposed burning it down as an attractive nuisance. I grew up at Cloud Cap. There was not a single weekend — certainly not in the summer — when I did not hear my father, or another Crag Rat, give “tours” of the cabin to anyone who came by expressing an interest. By the time I was a teenager, I could give a pretty good version of it myself.

As the popularity of mountaineering grew, so did the number of “tours” we could expect to give on a summer weekend. There have been days when I’ve personally shown more then ten groups of people through the cabin — not ten people, but ten GROUPS of people. And that’s all right by me.

I was taught that sharing Cloud Cap in this way was part of the responsibility that came along with our privilege of an “exclusive use” permit. Other responsibilities included supplying all the labor, tools and materials to restore and maintain the cabin — I believe the Forest Service did not come forward to help defray these costs until around 1989, the building’s centennial anniversary. Of course, the Crag Rats’ major responsibility remains rescue-work, both on the mountain and in the surrounding area. (Unfortunately, we have seen ample reports of their work in the Hood River News this summer.) And when a rescue effort is underway, tourists get short shrift at Cloud Cap.

I am not quibbling with the Forest Service’s right to host public tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn. (In fact, I may be tempted to adopt their “ten-people-twice-a-day-at-12-and-2” strategy next time I am up there. Sounds restful.) The public owns the building — just as they would own the commemorative plaque the Forest Service proposed putting in its place. But it is important to get the facts straight: Historic Cloud Cap Inn still stands, and has been open for viewing by the public since 1952, thanks to the Hood River Crag Rats.

Althea Hukari

Hood River

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