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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 23, 2012

Vision for Cascade Locks

As a citizen of Cascade Locks I wish to take this opportunity to award the Golden Fleece award to our illegitimate council members. Because: They are short-sighted and believe the only way to solve our financial dilemma is to tax our way out of it.

There was a grave injustice done by those involved in the recall of our elected officials; The Five Alarm people had a so-called plan to remedy a crisis that they helped engineer.

They claimed they had all the answers for funding our fire department. Well, it is obvious that they did. Tax the tar out of its citizens. This illegitimate council has absolutely no fiscal policy in place to avoid deficit spending.

Existing businesses in Cascade Locks deserve reliable, competent city leadership. The taxpayers are also entitled to professionalism and a higher standard from their leaders. It’s time for the people to take back their government.

My vision is to secure our future by honoring our charter and educating and fully engaging and empowering the citizens of Cascade Locks with choices and options that won’t bankrupt our town, and preserving the right to do so. We need level-headed elected officials that will balance our city services, be pro-business, pro-working class and be fiscally conservative to help bring our city back to a sound financial footing.

Everything the city does should be done with our eyes on helping the less fortunate and cutting waste and strengthening our business so they can compete and stay in business.

If we had the resources to fully staff our emergency services I would be in agreement. But, we don’t. Raising taxes and fees are a last resort and should always be done alongside cuts in spending and cutting and trimming where ever possible and necessary.

I am really irked that our current illegitimate government is thumbing its nose at the voters and the task force, by ignoring our charter and trying to raise fees and taxes. Our city services need to be re-examined to see what levels is truly needed, definitely: We do not need any over-the-top excess services during our economic hard times.

Richard Randall

Cascade Locks

Democrats to blame

Anne Vance’s continuous letters seem to paint all Republicans with the same brush, as if every Republican has the exact same viewpoint on the economy, immigration, women’s rights, etc., and continues to blame Republicans for the economy.

The day the Democrats took over was not Jan. 22, 2009, when Obama was sworn in; it was actually Jan. 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the start of the 110th Congress. At that time:

The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent

The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent

George Bush’s economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth

Jan. 3, 2007, was the day that Democrats Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?

Banking and financial services!

Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie and Freddie — starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy.

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? Obama and the Democrat Congress.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. For 2009 Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus-spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. What Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold.

That is why Republicans want Obama out of office!

Jon Laraway

Pine Grove

Protect Crater Lake

Crater Lake is one of the most precious and beautiful places that Oregon and our country have to offer. To see this National Park fall victim to clear-cutting around its borders, reducing its beauty and pristine natural quality, would be inexcusable.

We have a duty to protect the place that we love and hold dear from the irresponsible Bybee logging proposal currently on the table, and to protect the wildlife and old-growth trees that inhabit the area.

As Oregonians, Crater Lake is a part of our identity, which is why I support protecting the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness area. Our nation should not allow timber companies to log irresponsibly around Oregon’s only National Park for short-term gains.

We all can get involved by signing a petition on Environment Oregon’s website (http://environmentore-gon.org/) to let Obama know that we don’t want any clear-cutting around Crater Lake.

Evan Fessler

Portland

Felines will benefit

Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue had another successful fundraiser on July 22. Our success was dependent on our generous donors, our sponsor Tofurky, Sara and Mary at White Buffalo, our wonderful volunteers and our musicians, Willy and Nelson.

CGCR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing the community’s abandoned, neglected and injured cats and kittens into loving, lifetime homes. CGCR provides adoption services, low- or no-cost spay/neuter programs for stray and feral cats and foster care homes to homeless cats in need.

Thanks again to this loving community that reaches out for so many causes.

Judie Hanel

Board of directors of CGCR

Obama supporters

In response to the Mansfield info (Our readers write, Aug. 11), I will make a comment or two.

Mr. Blackwell is a World War II vet, and we are good old U.S. citizens. We always earned a good living in this town, never were on welfare nor were our Republican parents; we are very much alive at 86 years and have voted in Hood River County since we were 21.

I am a retired accountant. We have all-American Cherokee and Heinz heritage. Mr. Blackwell is a retired millwright. We have owned two homes in Hood River. We will vote Democrat — our choice; you make your choice. We are also Christian, as is our President. Please learn to spell.

P.S. We have had three great Americans helping us with our decision: Roosevelt, Truman and now two (not perfect) but extremely intelligent men — Clinton and President Obama.

Erma and Cliff Blackwell

Hood River

Amen to fair elections

Judicial Watch (because no one is above the law) is busy conducting an “Election Integrity Project” to make sure each vote on Election Day is “fraud-free.”

Judicial Watch has asked Florida to remove 53,000 dead voters before November. Further, Judicial Watch has discovered illegal or erroneous voter registration is a national problem.

A study by the Pew Center on the States released in February found 24 million flawed voter registrations nationwide or one in eight registrations. Judicial Watch does not support or oppose candidates for public office. However, they want to make sure that the election is fair and clean. Amen to that.

Bill Davis

Hood River

Cable park concerns

To the port commissioners: Since we must miss the next port commission roundtable discussion for “those opposed to the cable park,” we wish to detail our concerns here.

We have been Hood River summer residents since 1984. When the new Hood River Waterfront Park project was first proposed, we contributed and have been delighted with the results brought about by good management and strong local support. Businesses and the mixed population of the area have obviously benefited.

Mixed feelings cloud our thoughts of the cable park project. The carnival-like nature of existing wake boarding parks in the USA and overseas, usually placed in man-made lakes and not in public waterways, does bring doubt as to the benefit for our entire community.

We question how the facility use will adapt to the seasonal weather changes, with daily summer wind conditions, for major changes of river levels and, most importantly, with the reaction of the public because of their disenfranchisement from the current use of the Nichols Boat Basin bay.

The recent popularity of SUP boards, kayaks and other watercraft often brings 50 or more water enthusiasts into the bay on both high- and low-wind days. Would future hotel guests be put off by having to negotiate around the cable park to reach the water?

Would the environment be soiled by the mechanical operations? Would the proposed facility that has a fee-for-use basis and long U-shaped dock configurations eliminate everyone else’s entry to the back of the bay and to the local businesses already established there?

We sincerely hope the port commission roundtable discussion will consider our concerns and other questions about the use of a large portion of the Nichols basin. We consider this a most important decision since the bay is the only unique open-water area available for development close by the City of Hood River. The presence of the railroad right-of-way limits the use of many other areas making decisions about this site especially significant.

Tom and Charlotte Bell

Hood River

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