Letters to the Editor for January 21, 2012

Looking forward to Aaron's run, Cross in crosswalks, more...

Looking forward

Thank you for the excellent coverage of Brian Aaron's announcement that he will be running for the Hood River District Attorney position ("Brian Aaron will run for DA in May," Jan. 18). I have known Mr. Aaron for many years and know him to be an excellent attorney, a gentleman and a scholar.

With a new judge on the bench, this promises to be an interesting year for the local bar.

As a member of the Mid-Columbia Bar Association, I am looking forward to similar coverage to this and other elections and hope that the general public will pay close attention.

Tim Farrell

Hood River

Cross in crosswalks

I had been planning to write about a serious safety issue and a recent incident makes it imperative.

On Tuesday night, our family was driving south on 12th Street. We turned left onto Pacific with the green arrow and came face-to-face with a man crossing Pacific from the gas station toward Walgreen's.

Because it was both dark and rainy, and he was wearing a dark hoodie, if he had not turned so that we saw his face, we might have run right into him. We were within 5 feet of him when my wife hit the brakes and our son and I screamed for her to stop. The man looked at us and kept on walking.

On that corner is a crosswalk, a traffic light with arrows and a walk signal with buttons for all directions. Why do pedestrians insist on crossing east of the gas station driveway? Even in good weather, I have seen people walk down 12th, round the corner on the sidewalk and then cross in this same location.

I am pleading with all pedestrians in this town to cross in the crosswalks, not ignore them and cross at random points.

When driving, I stop for anyone approaching a crosswalk, not just when they are in it. When walking, I walk to the crosswalk and wait for traffic to clear or stop. On corners with lights, I push the button and wait for a green light just as I would if I were driving. Isn't this important for safety as well as common courtesy?

Those lights, lines and buttons are there to protect us. Please use them.

Tom Hart

Hood River

Many helpers

Now that, or while, the power is back up again in this part of the Upper Valley, I want to express some thanks - thanks to the wonderful neighbors who've helped with digging out the front stairs and the car; thanks to the extraordinary people of Hood River Electric Co-op who've been working like crazy to get and keep the electric lines back up, even with scores of trees and poles and lines down and hundreds of calls coming in;

Thanks to whoever/however got the phone line back up this afternoon when it too went out; and thanks to the Hood River News staff for keeping us informed online (when we can get online) of the storm and outages situation; and to Hood River News for the lovely piece in the Kaleidoscope section (Jan. 18) on my just-published novel, "The Rescuer's Path."

How wonderful to live in such an area!

Paula Friedman


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