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Letters to the Editor for April 5

Not 100 percent

In re your note under the letter dated March 29, written by Bill Davis (“Say it isn’t true. Sorry; it really is.”):

Snopes might not have been your best resource. A Google search uncovers lots of information, including an apology letter from a White House staffer, to Charles Krauthammer. It turns out Charles was correct in his statement of facts.

The motivation for Charles’ comments may be up for debate, just as Mr. Davis’ comments may be, but his (Krauthammer) statement of fact was just that, a fact, and not “a ridiculous claim” or “100 percent false” as you claimed.

Bruce Ludwig

Hood River

Shining examples

Kudos to Ashlie Keimig’s students at Wy’east Middle School on their stellar behavior as a large group in our restaurant, Pita Pit.

They came in on Wednesday afternoon to explore healthy, quick-service food options. They were courteous, polite and well-mannered. I was shocked at how one teacher made managing over 50 middle school students look so easy.

For example: When she wanted to get their attention she snapped her fingers once, and they immediately snapped their fingers twice in response and went quiet.

This also speaks volumes to the awesome parenting that is going on in our community. It is one more example of why we love calling Hood River home. It was a pleasure to serve them and I hope to see their smiling faces in Pita Pit again soon.

Cheramy Rovianek

Hood River

Money talks

I’m glad the Supreme Court supports every American’s right to free speech under the First Amendment. I just wish I had enough money to exercise that right.

Jerry Giarraputo

Hood River

Officials oppose coal transport

City, county and state officials from Oregon and Washington wrote this letter to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Director of State Lands director Mary Abrams:

We are a group of local elected officials from states that would be impacted by coal export facilities on the West Coast: mayors, city and county council members, representatives to state legislatures, and elected executives. When proposed projects impact our communities, we are at the “front lines” of addressing those impacts and helping our constituents understand and cope with them.

We have heard from our constituents with respect to the proposals to build coal export terminals on the Pacific Northwest coast or along the Columbia River. The operation of these terminals will affect the entire region, not just the port communities. The vast volumes of coal that could be moving through the region’s rail system and public waterways will have significant impacts on transportation networks, air and water quality, public health and safety, wildlife habitat, and quality of life.

We write to you today about the permit decision facing the state of Oregon in relation to the Morrow Pacific Project. This project poses serious risks to communities and the environment from start to finish.

We urge you to deny Ambre’s removal-fill permit because coal export is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state’s water resources. Ambre’s coal export operation would adversely impact the Columbia River and protected fish, while interfering with navigation, fishing, and public recreation. This decision affects communities in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and beyond.

Thank you for your work on this issue to date.

Hood River Mayor

Arthur Babitz

Hood River City Council

Members Kate McBride

and Laurent Picard

Mosier Mayor Andrea Rogers, City Council President

Arlene Burns and Members Emily Reed and Peny Wallace

Bingen City Council Member Catherine Kiewit

The Dalles Mayor

Stephen Lawrence and

Council Member Dan Spatz

(Letter signed by another 63 city, county, and state elected officials from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.)

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