Letters - Dec. 31

This town is kind

The holidays give us a time to especially remember special acts of kindness.

As volunteers with Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), we were particularly impressed with the generous response our own Hood River County School District and Best Western Hood River Inn made to the busload of college students whose bus was involved in a multiple vehicle freeway accident during an early December storm.

Fortunately, none of the students were hurt, but all were shaken up and the weather was terrible.

Hood River school buses arrived at the accident scene to take the stranded students to the Hood River Inn, where they were graciously welcomed to the Gorge Room.

The staff brought in food, coffee and even a television to help them pass the time before another long distance bus could come and take them on to their school. We were there to provide listening ears and to encourage them to keep talking if they needed to.

The students couldn’t believe a town this size was so willing to try and make their mishap a little less traumatic.

We aren’t surprised, because we live here, but we want to acknowledge and thank these two local institutions for their help in a crisis.

Jackie Henson

Belinda Ballah

Gloria Needham

Cathy Funez

Julie Moe

Trauma Intervention Program

We the people

I find it interesting that those who think that a judge has the right to overturn the will of the people in this state like to quote the Constitution. They claim that this document is to make it equal for all — well, try to explain that one to all those who own property in the Scenic Area. For 20 years these property owners have lost their rights, their lands and their heritage for the “good of all” and without compensation. It is very easy to claim that it is okay to take away property rights but those who truly read the Constitution know better.

It is also obvious that those making these claims against Measure 37 have not paid the price that others have — this too is not “equal.” If your land is taken —— it was yours and when the government or anyone else takes it without paying —— that is called stealing. How soon we forget 20 years ago when some so-called intelligent people wearing red nearly took over the entire Wasco County. No judge should have the authority or power to undo the will of the people in the voting process. Government was established for “We the People” and by the people and we will reclaim it.

Bobbie Miller

The Dalles

A water question

Today I heard the water rates in the City of Hood River are going up about $5.

The water line for the city runs down my street, but I got a notice that says the water rate for me will be raised $30.

The city and the county use the same water —— so why do county residents pay so much more for the same water?

Paul Nevin

Hood River

Leila ‘got ‘er done’

Having just logged on to the Hood River news Web site, I quickly noted the story regarding the passing of Leila Crapper. The article summarized very briefly this lady’s accomplishments. My first thought was to submit a letter listing all the things she has done that I’m aware of; the problem became obvious, where to start and where to end. This fine lady will be sorely missed in the Hood River area for her continuous efforts to keep the veterans’ recognition as an ongoing event.

Memorial Day, Veterans Day breakfast and programs all had her untiring efforts as just a couple. She refused to allow these things to fade away. I wonder now who will carry on for her. She was a “Git ‘er done” person. Her memory will live on for a long time.

Tom Walston

Columbus, Ohio

Pick up partnership

I found your recent (Dec. 21) article (on) Dave Riley of the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort re: well-groomed ski runs’ enhancement of the Natives’ huckleberry harvest, both a bit mind-boggling, and encouraging with its created partnership with the Meadows management and the Natives.

My first interpretation was that of a promotion for more ski runs, thinking that the berry boom was happening within the run area. My second was: Mr. Riley patting himself on the back for what proves to be a “fact of the forest”? (Take out the big guys and the little ones will show THEIR stuff.)

This article is timely and I thank Mr. Riley for it, in hopes that our senators studying the Mt. Hood National Forest’s needs see the beam that it cast.

Forest Service – wake up! Re-open those decommissioned logging roads and let the sun shine in on the huckleberries. WE old white man berry pickers would love for you to do this.

Alan Winans

Hood River

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