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Letters to the Editor for February 29, 2012

Proposed cable park, caring community, more...

Proposed

cable park

The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. to hear public testimony in regard to the proposed Naito Development of a cable park in the Nichols Boat Basin.

The project involves placing towers and cables in the waters of the boat basin for commercial purposes and would eliminate unrestricted public use of the Columbia River waters in the basin.

The public is encouraged to submit testimony in writing to the planning commission ahead of time and to attend the hearing. The meeting will take place upstairs in the new city office building at 211 Second St.

If you are concerned about the future of the Hood River waterfront, you should attend this meeting.

Leighton Hazlehurst

Hood River

Caring community

My name is Nannette Marx and I was recently diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in December. This letter is a letter of thank you for this wonderful community that I live in.

I am cancer-free and currently undergoing chemotherapy. I have lived in our community and worked here since 1986, and the people here never cease to amaze me. The love, the money, the kindness, the food and companionship they have poured out on me and my daughter humbles me.

I would like to personally thank each and every member of this beautiful Columbia River Gorge, but there are people who do it anonymously and I do not want to leave anyone out. You have all humbled me beyond belief, your giving to me and my daughter during this hard time in my life has blessed me more that I can ever thank you for.

Words cannot express my gratitude to every person in this community. I would like you to know that I wish you blessings abundantly in every aspect of your lives, and without you we would be hungry, homeless, without a car, unable to go through this time of my life.

Thank you all - love and blessings.

Nannette Marx and

Jayde Marx

Hood River

Important decision

I hope Hood River citizens will be mindful of the upcoming primary election (May 16) for District Attorney, to educate themselves on the implications and vote informed.

The DA's office plays a vital role in safeguarding the use of power while enforcing laws and protecting rights of citizens in our diverse community. The DA's office is the check and balance within the legal system for those charged with a crime unjustly, as well as for prosecuting criminals and protecting victims. Law enforcement officers make mistakes for many valid reasons.

The DA's office reviews all criminal charges with the intent of the law, decides the best utilization of costly public resources and how to proceed; whether to drop charges improperly applied, to negotiate pleas (more than 90 percent of criminal charges are settled on pleas), seek alternative resolutions or to bring cases to trial.

Involvement with our current DA's office left me gravely concerned. I believe its time Hood River raised the bar from current practice in protecting civil rights of citizens and responsible utilization of resources.

I will be looking closely at challenger Brian Aaron for District Attorney as a means for that change.

Erika Doring

Hood River

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