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Letters to the Editor for March 23

Get ‘real’

I read with, well, interest the recent Hood River News article “Found on the Ground: An appreciation of an under-appreciated garment, the glove” (Kaleidoscope, March 20). A full-page spread — and then some — about gloves. Gloves on the ground. Gloves on hands. Pictures of gloves. The antiquity of gloves.

Gloves.

I’m no local — I’ve only been here 10 years — but by golly, I know there are real topics, real people and real stories to report on.

Jonathan Graca

Hood River

New school needed

If anyone has kids in our school system I hope you went to the meetings on the redistricting of the schools. I did, and this is what I see:

Some of the schools are above capacity, and some of the redistricting options push kids to schools that are farther from their homes and in many cases much farther. At Mid Valley the problem doesn’t really even get corrected. For some schools the problem is corrected for the short term, basically the next five years. So the challenges are not overcome but put off at the inconvenience of many and some of those are severe.

Now is the time to recognize an issue that will become a big problem if we don’t start working toward a more permanent fix. It’s time to start working toward building a new school on middle ground between Odell and the Hood River Heights.

Building a new school is never going to get cheaper than it is right now. So, the longer we put it off the more expensive it will be, people and kids will be put out more and the taxes to pay for it will be higher. Maybe a few dollars per thousand on your assessed property tax now but down the road it will most likely be tens of dollars per thousand.

Oh and renters, and future renters, it also affects rental rates.

Scott McElheran

Hood River

Nice job

I compliment the Hood River News on its excellent full-page coverage — thorough, accurate, complete — of the Gorge Ecumenical Ministries’ March 6 forum on the need for immigration reform.

This is a really important issue, especially in this county, and you did it justice.

Tom Kaser

Hood River

Keep health affordable

My husband is a family practice doctor and I am a registered nurse. During our careers over the past 40 years, we have watched the profit motive take over the health care system in our country. We are deeply concerned about the often devastating impact of medical costs on individuals and families — even those with health insurance. We are also concerned about the impact on the American economy.

According to World Bank statistics, health care spending accounts for over 18 percent of every dollar spent in the U.S. — and for health outcomes ranked 38th in the world (World Health Organization, 2013). We can and must do better.

Gorge Health Care for All is an organization made up of health care professionals and citizens in the Columbia Gorge concerned about our health care crisis. It is committed to advancing universal health care coverage in Oregon, Washington, and nationally.

Check out this website for more info: www.gorgehcfa.org. As longtime health care providers, we think it’s high time to put people ahead of profits.

Sue Pennington

White Salmon, Wash.

Porn at the library?

I grew up in Hood River; my favorite safe place to go was the library. Books took me to lands far away, to places I was never able to go to.

But today, 50 years later, I am so frustrated with the library. Every time I have taken my grandchildren to the library in the past year there have been men watching porn on computers.

Upon asking, “What! How can this be?” I was told that it was part of “freedom of speech.”

Please people, if we don’t protect our children, who is going to protect them? I don’t want my tax dollars going to support someone’s addiction. Please call or write the library — let’s end this travesty.

Please join in and make our library safe for us — and our children!

Janet Holste

Hood River

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