Letters to the editor for Aug. 6

RC strives to be good neighbors

The letter published July 30 entitled “RC park inappropriate” contains misinformation. Before it becomes “urban legend” let me provide a “reality check.” You can read the original on the HRN web site. The following addresses each issue raised, point by point.

n Barrett RC Field (BRCF) is a public facility open to everyone. Of the over 100 RC flyers in the area, only about one-quarter are in the non-private RC club. By the way: Some of the expenses have been paid by local flyers and/or the RC club.

n Most of the property is relatively level, and works just fine for flying over.

n ORS 215.283 allows about 3 dozen “non-farm” uses for EFU land (excludes ATV riding). Reading them reveals most of the other choices are worse for the neighbors than BRCF.

n Flyers are held to County Ordinance #265 regarding sound levels.

n There is a buffer zone between the allowed flight zone and the park boundaries – 40 to 250 feet (averaging about 100 feet). A posted map shows this.

n I and others involved in working with Parks and Rec (P and R) for several years on this facility can tell you P and R keeps very close tabs on everything that goes on at BRCF. Nothing happens without their approval and participation. P and R has been a delight to work with, participating in a team approach reflecting supervision, guidance, and adherence to rules, policies, and ordinances. P and R and their board are staffed by thoughtful, intelligent, and capable people. They wouldn’t have allowed an RC flying facility without due-diligence.

n P and R hung a temporary entrance sign on the fence they installed.

n All parking is on P and R land (and rarely exceeds 10 vehicles).

n The port-a-potty is on P and R land, in a temporary spot until construction is completed.

n Of the 38 facilities mentioned on P and R’s “Our Facilities” web page, 9-plus are for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – the Skate Park being one. It is common for P and R entities to have SIG facilities. There are lots of P and R provided RC flying fields in the US. Hood River Valley High School is planning to use BRCF for their technology classes. Local tech companies are delighted at the opportunity for youth education provided by BRCF.

We in the RC flying community want to be good neighbors, and are willing to work toward that end.

Roy and Pat Pettit

Hood River

Friends of whom?

Friends of this, Friends of that: I’m sick of the charade. Sometimes I think the term “FRIENDS” is used too loosely and erroneously and disguised in the public interest. Every time I read your paper there seems to be “friends of somebody” suing the public. “Friends” who continuously sue the public and cost the public money are not good friends. “Friends” who don’t want Walmart to bring competitive grocery prices to Hood River are not friends of the poor. “Friends” who relentlessly try to stop economic development through legal technicalities and loopholes costing the city precious tax dollars are not the taxpayers’ friends. I call on the obstructionists who call themselves “Friends” to evaluate what a true friend of the public good is.

True friends compromise and look for common ground to cultivate friendship. True friends think about how their actions and representation of “special interest friends” in the courts cost the public, the poor, their neighbors, and the ability of their elected officials to represent who elected them. Where are “Friends of common sense?” True friends affect change and find compromise not through obstruction guised in legal loopholes played out in the courts, but through honest negotiation under existing laws.

True friends compromise their selfish perspective when their friends (the body politic) maintain their positions after the facts are explored and vetted. True friends support all of their friends, even when slightly contrary to their selfish prejudices. Our litigious friends maybe should change their name to “Friends who know better than the majority and their representatives: an educated elite perspective.”

Maybe the “Friends” group(s) costing our city boatloads of money want to increase parking meter fees, gas taxes, and property taxes to pay for their resulting costs and lost tax revenues. Maybe these “Friends” should be called “Friends of higher taxes, higher fees, and higher living costs for the poor.” Maybe these “Friends” should be called “Friends of special interests.” Or does “Friends” apply here at all?

David Evans

Pine Grove

Johnson deserves vote

As a life-long Democrat, I’ve still always tried to support and vote for the apparently better candidate.

State Representative Mark Johnson is such an exception.

He has supported my continuing efforts to improve the law regarding care of the elderly living in assisted living facilities. Equally important, in doing so he secured the co-sponsorship of the Democrat Chairman of the relevant House Committee.

That’s the kind of political cooperation we desperately need at all levels of government. And it’s the kind of political workmanship that gets my vote regardless of political party.

Dave Dockham

Hood River

Lot no joke

I’d say, “What a joke,” but this is no laughing matter.

The steamroller approach of Hood River County and Mt. Hood Meadows to drop three dozen venerable old growth fir trees, plunk a 249 car and bus park ‘n ride in the center of the Mt. Hood community, and create congested and potentially hazardous traffic situations is appalling.

I believe this is in direct violation of the Land Use Board’s own zoning rules. Are buses allowed to be stored on a site such as this? Isn’t there a screening process to be followed? Isn’t there a study to examine potential traffic hazards? And, most importantly to me, don’t those rules forbid the downing of these dozens of trees and promise instead to preserve the integrity of Highway 35’s designation as a scenic highway?

On a local and personal level, it effectively destroys Mt. Hood’s efforts to reinstate the community feel; think of the years of time and money put in by volunteers on the beautifully restored Mt. Hood Town Hall, the charming Mt. Hood Guest House, the very recent small gift and socializing shop, and of the anticipated renovation and return of the Mt. Hood Country Store in a new guise. All of these efforts would be — well, steamrollered — with the Park ‘n Ride.

No commercial or aesthetic benefit would come to the community from this. No benefit, only damage.

The benefit goes to Mt. Hood Meadows only.

No kidding!

Jude Russell

Mt. Hood

Caving in

I found Rodger Neufeldt’s (“Only one question,” July 23) opening sentence both thought provoking and out-right profound. I stopped reading and became transfixed by the pure intellectual power of this opening paramount of bombastic nimble minded cacophony of pure genius. I started to unpack it and the activity kept me up all night. I’m writing this letter as therapy.

“Cave Dweller.” I pondered this a while. Could he be referring to the Hollywood imagery of a hairy-man, carving with a stick or rock on a wall? Not very bright, grunting and eating from an open fire while his woman, dressed only in a wolf-fur-one-piece, bows to his every gesture.

Maybe, from a movie or TV, this seems reasonable. But cable is so expensive.

Neanderthals, they lived a while back, way past the 6,000 years of the creationist — 100,000 years ago. That’s possible, non-starter, too college like.

When on vacation in New Mexico, I visited the Pueblo villages with caves on the side of the hills. Breathtaking. They lived just a 1,000 years ago. Could be, he could drive there. With these prices, please....

In college, one professors was an expert on the French caves. Paintings of elk, stunning, I recall. Nay, mostly likely France is a non-starter.

Then I pondered “unable to understand.” Associating “cave” and “understanding,” a bomb went off in my head — Plato, Allegory of the Cave, that’s it! Brilliant, fit the profile.

The cave dwellers (prisoners) are chained to the wall and can only see shadows of the outside world. And, that those shadows are their world view. One prisoner escapes. Maybe that is Rodger, yes that’s it.

When the escaped cave dweller sees the grass, trees, moon and then the sun (Oregon) and not shadow, he is enlightened. And starts writing letters filled with his new knowledge for all to behold in wonder.

Eureka! I can’t wait to read the rest of the letter by the escaped prisoner.

Oh no, my chains won’t reach! And the lights are off in the cave. Rats!

George Selleck


Our fabric is respect

Oh my, Roger Neufeldt’s recent letter seems to have gained some attention from a few of the local intelligentsia (due respect awarded). My take on his message was simply… quite simple. Mr. Neufeldt was simply venting a bit in the directions that our president is taking us. You may call him (Roger) a “righty” or a “lefty,” and say that he rants about the usual torrents of propaganda that fill the ethers these days. But doesn’t that shoe fit all those who simply have a different opinion that we do?

We all have different opinions, attitudes and styles of communication. I would say that Roger, being a mature man of 60 plus and who enjoys an independent character and mindset, was simply venting on the direction that our president is taking. (I wouldn’t want the president’s job. Would you?)

We are not keeping statistics on vacations, golf days, newly inducted recipients of some semi-determined level of health care or the public events that have or have not been attended by Obama. That stuff is small spuds. We should be talking about Obama’s handling of international events that are a threat to our nation, the cost of international aid to countries that do not respect us. The level of respect that the international community has for him and the United States in general. And perhaps a better vision for dealing with the radical Islamic tsunami that is currently rearing its very ugly head. We are talking about leadership in our new “World Order.” I believe that Roger’s opinion comes from a concern for a world that he will not live in, but his (and yours) children will.

Our drift towards socialism is repugnant to many people. Big government which controls (or restricts) our freedoms was certainly not the goal of our founding fathers. This was the platform from which Roger was speaking.

We could go on and on, but that’s not the point. Respect for one another! That is the point. That is the fabric of America. Don’t you agree?

God bless respect! God bless freedom! God bless America!

Phil Jensen

Hood River

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