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Letters to the Editor for June 15

Lots of good news

I just finished reading the Wednesday issue. I’m impressed by many things reported there, but wanted to give a shout-out to three of them.

One is the heroic action of those who witnessed the bad car accident on I-84 and helped rescue the injured driver. I find myself wondering if I would have had the presence of mind and courage to do what they did. I’m grateful there are such people.

My second kudos go out to the library’s special offerings this summer. I use the Hood River Library constantly (as well as the Multnomah County Library, to which I have free access thanks to its linkage with our own library). All of the HR library’s events and creative activities, especially those to attract kids and keep them interested in reading, are terrific.

Finally, for those who missed the bilingual, bicultural presentation of “Amarillo” at the Columbia Center for the Arts — it was an amazing event, but you can still see the entire film of the multimedia production at www.ontheboards.tv.

Locally, the screening was followed by discussion with a panel of community members who have substantial knowledge of immigration across the southern U.S. border. These were Maria Antonia Sanchez, Gabriel Muro and Joel Pelayo.

Thank-yous are in order to them and to the sponsoring parties who made it possible for us to see such a fine theater piece.

Tina Castañares

Odell

Check facts on marijuana

The Hood River Valley High School Health Media Club is a group that distributes media throughout our community. We do activities such as radio PSAs, posters, theater ads, sticker shocks and tobacco reward and reminders to communicate with the community. We do these things to show that we are drug-free!

Many of our advertisements are statistics based on the people around us. We want the community to know what is going on and what people do. Broadcasting information on the radio, displaying pictures in the theaters and putting up stickers in stores that say not to drink and drive are ways in which we help the people around us.

If you are interested in Health Media Club, please talk to a Health Media Club member for more information on how to join.

The words “marijuana” and “legalization” almost instantly cause controversy when used in the same sentence. The marijuana legalization argument is top priority to Health Media Club. Members have successfully distributed the message around campus, inspiring 80 percent of 11th graders at HRVHS to be marijuana-free.

However, that is not the limit of HMC activities. HMC creates sweatshirts, theater ads and radio PSAs to spread the word.

Many people are minimally aware of the effects of marijuana use. Marijuana growing practicesnot only kill wildlife but can also harm those around you. In the Gorge the river is the main attraction, and it would be tragic if that were to change.

Before you choose a side of the marijuana legalization debate, check your facts and consider others. For more information, please visit our Facebook page at Hood River Prevents.

Ibette Sanchez

HRVHS Health Media Club member

Service fees vs. government

The council and management of the city of Hood River have not distinguished between fees for incremental government services and the appalling notion of charging citizens for participation in their government.

We do not charge a poll tax to gain the right to vote. Charging for petitioning our government is an abuse of our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

We do not charge a fee for service for a police officer’s help. We do not charge a fee for service for a fire emergency response. We have created and funded a government to govern responsively. (Look it up.)

There is a plan afoot to create an open-ended charge for appealing decisions of sub-groups (e.g., planning commission, et. al.) created by the council. The fact that there have been charges historically for this is appalling in and of itself. It is a poll tax, a fee to access our government. Can council members/citizens appeal those decisions?

Our country has fought to rise above the racism and elitism of the poll tax. We cannot deny the poor and minorities, nor any of us, access to government. If the effect (intended or not) is racist and elitist, then the members of the council supporting this action can be referred to as racist and elitist.

We have a political contract that is the basis of our society: We all have the right to participate in our government. The opposite is tyranny.

Ted James

Hood River

Say ‘my pleasure’

Attention all waitresses and waiters … in fact all of you over-the-counter-business-professionals. Want to know how to make big time points with your customers? How to give them a cheerful earful that will help make their transactions more enjoyable? The solution is quite simple. It’s just a matter of eliminating two very tedious words that have begun to create within them some irritational vibrations.

So here’s what you can do to give your faithful and highly valued patrons fast, fast relief. Whenever they ask you for a big or little favor or simply tell you “thanks,” don’t say “no problem.” Say “my pleasure!” It sounds so much more appreciative than “no problem” and they’ll love you for it! I just hope you’ll have “no problem” granting this very humble … without a grumble … concerned customer request.

Just in from Hollywood: Some semi-reliable sources have informed me, “that man with a chair” but no whip and no lion, “East Clintwood” is producing, directing and starring in the movie being made in our lower valley: “The Farmer in Odell.” I understand there is one scene that’s bound to get you choked up and misty-eyed. It’s when this small child with a pitchfork asks Clintwood if he could please help load the wagon like all the big guys. That’s when he tells the little lad, “Go ahead, Punk! Rake my hay.” (Oh! Oh! The folks for “Pun Control” are approaching. I’m out of here!)

Bill Davis

Hood River

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