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Letters - Oct. 29

Casualties at minimum

We must remember that the casualties in Iraq are minimul compared to deaths of police officers doing their job here in United States.

Sure, losing soldiers on the battlefield is hard but should we pull back on our police force here in the United States because they are also being killed in the line of duty protecting you in your own home? Over the four years of the Iraq War just 2000 soldiers have died in the line of duty doing their job to protect us from terrorist and keeping them away from our orders. This is less than 1.3 soldiers a day compared to the thousands of police officers who die every year in our own country doing their job.

If anything, we should be thankful the count isn’t higher and should also give thanks to the police officers in this country, who sometimes are seen by some,as doing a thankless job by ur own people. They protect us from our own criminal minded people in this country.

Mike P. Brink

Hood River

Ruling restores equity

I know that the adverse ruling of the Marion County Circuit Court discomforts some of our citizens. They were already counting the chickens they were planning to hatch from the eggs of their fellow citizens who remained as a less privileged class under that law.

I find it extremely comforting that what I perceived as a basic unfairness of that law — the segregation of property owners into two arbitrary classes — was recognized by the court for exactly what it was. It is unfair and unconstitutional to favor one class over another.

This ruling restores equality among property owners in Oregon. Any questions of unfairness in the existing land use regulations can now be addressed responsibly without creating even more unfairness and throwing out the land use laws which are at least partly responsible for making Oregon the desirable place it is.

Rich Garber

Hood River

Forgotten sidewalks

What an interesting article “Where Will the Sidewalks End” (Oct. 19.)

In the 1970s the City forced me to install a sidewalk. It was their “project”.

Being a single mother, I had to take out Bancroft Bonds and pay for the sidewalk over a period of 10 years. The property owner West of my property has a corner lot and the city said that they would install this sidewalk the following year. To this day, the whole block has sidewalks – except one half of that corner lot. Come on! I think over 30 years is long enough.

The sidewalks in our town are NOT walker friendly - they start and stop all over the city and most are not maintained. Guess the older sections of Hood River get forgotten. All is for the newer sections.

It also would be nice to have a street light on my block. And streets? ... they are a mess. I bet the mechanics that do alignments are happy. Drive on West Montello for a few blocks if you dare.

Judy Judd

Hood River

ESA bill helps fish

I read with interest Tim Mayer’s Oct. 8, 2005, letter to the editor, where he challenges Rep. Greg Walden’s support of much-needed efforts to modernize the 31-year old Endangered Species Act.

Mr. Mayer chooses to focus on the Klamath Basin as an example of why the ESA should not be updated. Many of us who actually live in the Basin see things a bit differently than he does.

Mr. Mayer resurrects arguments made by anti-farming activists who have, for the past three years, continued to claim that there is a correlation between 2002 Klamath Project operations and the Klamath River fish die-off in 2002. Judge Armstrong in 2003, based on the conflicting evidence presented by the parties regarding the cause of the fish die-off, found a “triable issue of fact” exists on this matter, and ultimately dismissed a related lawsuit as “moot” earlier this year. Further, a 2003 report released by the National Academy of Sciences also failed to find a link between the die-off and Project operations.

The ESA improvement bill supported by Rep. Walden is, in part, intended to prevent a reoccurrence of the disastrous decision-making that occurred in the Klamath Basin in 2001. The process that led to this action has since led the National Research Council to twice conclude that the decisions made by federal agencies that year were not scientifically justified.

Advocates of peer-reviewed science are not trying to “gut” or “dismantle” this dated law. We are simply trying to make it work better.

Dan Keppen, Executive Director

Family Farm Alliance

Klamath Falls

Beloved Hood River

For the want of my beloved little town. How bad I miss my little home town of Hood River. After growing up there and moving away a few years ago, now I am wanting to move back to a little piece of heaven.

Living in the big city is no fun. A few nights ago there was a stabbing blocks from me. I could hear the police on their loudspeakers, hear the police dogs. Oh, how I remember hearing only the sounds of crickets chirping, making sleep fast and feeling rested in the morning. I miss the smiles of all I would greet on the street with a hello and how are you.

You don’t find that here. God willing, someday, I will return to my beloved little Hood River.

Alice M. Miles

Portland

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