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Letters to the Editor May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Relay For Life activities abound

Wow! Less than 60 days left until the Relay. Fund raisers have begun, Relay events are being scheduled and donations are being accepted. There is still a lot of work to be done and volunteers are needed for the Relay. Among the many events scheduled for the Relay are the Survivor and Luminaria ceremonies.

The Survivor ceremony is for cancer survivors and caregivers (past and present) in the Columbia Gorge community to celebrate life with friends and family at the Relay. The first lap of the Relay is a victory lap for survivors and caregivers. After the lap is completed a luncheon will be held in their honor, and participants will receive a free T-shirt.

During the Relay, after sunset, the track is encircled with luminaria decorated with the names of those who have battled cancer. This ceremony of lights symbolizes the hope and courage with which we all continue to fight cancer.

For more information visit our website at:

www.RelayForLife.org/Columbiagorge or contact:

Alice Carron, Luminaria Chair

alicel@gorge.net

541.490.6274

Ellen Miller, Survivor Chair

chance@gorge.net

541, 380.1429

Bob Reeves, Publicity Chair,

Relay For Life

Hood River

The hidden traps

Before you vote, makes sure you understand what you are really voting for. There are so many hidden clauses in most everything we vote for that it gets us in trouble later on. Like that vote for the tax on the library, maybe some of you thought if you didn't own any land, you wouldn't have to pay that tax. Wrong. Your landlord is not going to pay when he can get it out of you. I hope your rent doesn't go up, but you can look for this to happen.

And remember there is a library in every school; this one wasn't needed. And remember reading in the paper about folks going to volunteer to help out at this library … this was before the vote, but now they are going to pay someone $58,000 to $63,000 to take care of things at this same library… and we all know who will pay this person … what happened to the volunteers, you voted it in, so now we all pay. And so many of us will have to make a choice of eating, paying bills, or this stupid tax… one must look sharply to catch all those hidden traps … they lie to get in, and then lie to stay in.

As for that young Mexican man and his education, his story (Hood River News, April 9) is a light one compared to some of us. I didn't get an education because I was unable to walk, and back then there was no school bus. Later years I tried through correspondent courses and night schools, I so desperately wanted an education. It never happened, for due to a terrible tragic happening in my family, I had something like amnesia (this is what the doctor said) for it was close to three years before my full memory came back, so I got no education, through no fault of mine. This young man should just be happy to have a healthy body and mind.

Sara K. Stone

Hood River

Standing

by Ludwig

I, for one, find it highly suspicious that our great police chief, Bruce Ludwig, was placed on administrative leave for no real reason - right when arguments about merging city and county police forces re-emerge. I'm sure that there are more things that go on behind the scenes of our city management than we see, and I'm sure that personal politics is always an issue, but this looks to be nothing more than a sneaky ploy to get rid of the opposition.

Bruce Ludwig places his life on the line every day for our protection and safety. He is a strong, brave part of our community - a real part of our community. He deserves more than to be chucked out on the street due to vague reasons like "management differences."

Can we really look ourselves in the mirror if we treat this man in this way? I cannot. Where is our honor to this man who serves us so honorably?

If Bruce has committed some crime, or has caused some serious injustice, then make that public. Give us a reason to condemn this man and I will be the first to call for justice to be served. But I will be seriously disappointed in my city if we throw this good man away simply because someone has some private agenda.

I stand behind my police chief, and I hope you do to. Thank you, Bruce, for protecting our community. Thank you for being a brave man with strong principles. I hope you can forgive us if we fail to show that same bravery in return.

John Metta

Hood River

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