Editorial: Follies near (but not as near as the banner says)

April 4, 2012

The annual Lions Follies is truly a banner event in Hood River.

And despite what the banner at Jackson Park currently says, Follies are not "this weekend." The banner went up Friday, a full two weeks before opening night.

April 13, 14, 15 and April 19, 20 and 21 are the dates for this year's show, "Pirates of Neverland," a musical fundraiser being held at the Hood River Middle School auditorium.

Valley grower Bob Fox wrote and directs this year's show, a twist on "Peter Pan" with "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Fairies of Pixie Hollow" mixed in to create a music- and dance-filled family show.

The Follies banner, reused every year, is up at Jackson Park and will need a new home come opening weekend. But right now the banner is slightly deceiving; as worthy of anticipation as Follies may be, it doesn't start for nearly two weeks. Which means there is plenty of time to get this fundraiser, a grand Hood River tradition, on your calendar.

Vote forums

Great opportunity to learn,

and be heard

What do you want from local law enforcement?

This is a prime time to make your ideas on that subject known, as three community election forums happen this month.

See page A1 for details on the April 4, 17 and 23 events in Hood River and Cascade Locks.

In all three events, all three sheriff's candidates will give their views and take questions.

In two of the forums, the candidates for district attorney will have their turns.

With the sheriff post opening and the DA position challenged for the first time in 12 years, the time is right to ask big questions. To name a few: How to deal with dwindling budget resources? How to improve prevention measures? How to increase efficiency in the courts, administration, investigation, and road patrols? Should consolidation of Sheriff and Police be put into effect, and how to do it?

There are three opportunities this month to get to know the candidates and their stances. Here's hoping for large audiences and lively discussions as we head with earnest into the Primary Election season.

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