Letters - July 27, 2005

Sobering experience

The real heroes of the near-drowning episode reported in the Hood River News on July 23 are Hood River resident Chris Smith, another local just out to cool off on the sandbar with his family, and the woman who recognized that the swimmer was in trouble. She pointed out the situation to Chris, who jumped in and dragged the man in trouble back to safety.

It was a sobering experience for everyone because the danger in those conditions was just not that obvious at first glance.

Louise Wilson Noyes

Hood River

Shrinking Oregon?

I just looked at the new Oregon state official map. The lettering is larger but the number of towns have been cut by over half. Maybe Oregon as a state is not growing — like Kansas.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Sorry reminder

I was shocked and dismayed to read your article about Luhr Jensen jobs being cut in Hood River. I’m not sure how L-J compares to other employers in the Hood River area but they have to be one of the larger family-wage employers.

There are too few higher wage jobs in the area and having any of those jobs sourced out to China is a crime. Any Luhr Jensen presence that remains in Hood River will be a sorry reminder of lost faith in American Jobs.

Thomas Nast

Trout Lake

Wants CGCC details

I am not a resident of Oregon, but we subscribe to your paper.

I was uncomfortable with the story (in the July 23 edition) about Columbia Gorge Community College’s purchase of property in Hood River. From my perspective, this story was incomplete and lacked needed detail.

My feelings are compounded by the fact that one of the board members stated the purchase was “poor judgment.” What were the reasons behind her statement? Why was the final sale price up substantially from the initial price?

Was this due to the noted boundary adjustments? Who was or is the seller? Given that the property changed hands just two weeks before, this should have been noted.

Steven G. Berntsen


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