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Letters to the Editor

‘Novel idea’

Watching the news the other day I saw New York City is now issuing tickets to bicyclists for failure to obey traffic laws, what a novel idea, holding all moving vehicles to the same standards.

Hummm.

Jim Burdick

Hood River

Who gets noticed?

I think it is important in the wake of the county rescinding their decision on Meadows Park and Ride for the community to understand their rights on being noticed.

I was told by the county that I could not appeal the decision because I had missed the 15 day window. How can you appeal when you were not noticed?

Then I was told I was not noticed because zoning ordinance Article 64.25 states the planning director has discretion on which agencies and officials to notice when approving a commercial land use permit.

Agencies and Officials … it does not give them discretion on property owners. Article 72, which is the planning director’s review procedure, absolutely states that property owners must be noticed when making a decision on a commercial land use permit.

That notice is not excused by being a “Use Permitted Outright” or anything else in other articles. I pointed that out to the county in an email on July 31, and also mentioned I was going to file a LUBA appeal since they were not giving me a local appeal option. I’m not surprised they “volunteered” to rescind their decision.

Meadows needed to submit a new plan anyhow because their original plan had at least 39 cars within the Corner Loop Road easement. The fact that this is a private road in a private neighborhood association governed by CC&Rs (which were not even in the planning file) makes not being noticed even more inappropriate.

Libby Rossknecht

Mt. Hood

Leave dogs at home

I wish the tourists would leave their dogs at home when they take a vacation to the beautiful valley of Hood River so their dogs aren’t walking around with their owners in the heat and getting tired of waiting for them to get done with their shopping so they can go get some water or a dog bone to eat and get going home again.

Please leave your doge at home and let a friend take care of it until you come home from your vacation. Your dog will thank you.

I am just saying, okay?

Pam Smiley

Hood River

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