Letters to the Editor for Aug. 30

‘The time of my life’

I’ve had the time of my life dancing by the stage to bands that have come to Hood River to play at Jackson Park every Thursday night. Don’t miss this. If you do end up missing it, go next year. You will have the time of your life I promise you. Am just saying.

Pam Smiley

Hood River

False advertising?

Walmart’s recent actions — sending out a glossy mailer, placing full-page, color ads in the paper, hiring petitioners to collect signatures at its store, and running radio ads — indicate that the company is planning to resubmit an application to expand its existing store. Walmart’s radio ads, which claim “everyone deserves to shop locally,” are misleading and cynically designed to divide our community.

Walmart’s expensive marketing tools urging customers to “help us bring a remodeled store and affordable groceries to Hood River.” The truth is there is nothing stopping Walmart from selling groceries under the roof of its existing store. In fact, it already does. But Walmart’s right to expand the store by 35,000 square feet is a legal question. Our local land use code on non-conforming uses – specifically HRMC 17.05 – clearly states that by waiting for more than 20 years since it got its original permit, Walmart lost its “vested” right to expand. In addition, Hood River has a progressive “big box” ordinance that limits commercial buildings to just 50,000 square feet. At more than 100,000 square feet, the expanded Walmart store would be over twice the size allowed by current Hood River law.

Allowing Walmart, and only Walmart, to expand beyond the code’s size limitations gives them an unfair advantage over competing grocery stores in Hood River that operate within existing law. In the long-term, this could drive those competing stores out of business and ultimately decrease competition, making groceries less affordable and accessible to our community.

Walmart’s expansion application has a long history, going back to 2011, including multiple trips to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals. Most recently, the City Council rejected Walmart’s application because they determined that the expansion violates city code. If Walmart brings this proposal back, I would urge City Council members to once again examine the legal framework of our land use code – not the glossy postcards that Walmart is paying to have land on City Hall’s doorstep – when making the decision as to whether or not to approve this building project.

Becky Brun

Hood River

Pet scam alert

I want to draw people’s attention to the scam ads that are currently appearing on gorge.net. They include a baby capuchin monkey and a number of different pure breed puppies. The posts all have the same name in the “by” field and are supposedly in different locations, including Seattle, Philadelphia, and Louisville. Gorge.net say they are unable to take down any ads because this is open source advertising, so it’s up to us to make sure we don’t share any information with scammers.

Gorge.net is a great source of classified advertising, but please make sure you do some basic checks before you contact the posters. Are they local? Do they give a local phone number? Does the deal they are advertising seem too good to be true? If you are looking for a pet then please visit the local animal shelters — there are plenty of wonderful animals looking for a good home. Don’t fall victim to the scammers.

Faith Keolker

Hood River

Editor’s Note: In the Hood River News’ classified ad service, www.bigfootads.com, each advertisement is diligently screened before publication.

Beware

I’ve heard over the years of people passing away from taking an over the counter medication. The Federal Government knew about the problem. It’s still on the market years after. It can cause liver failure, which may lead to problems in the brain, lungs, and kidneys, and end up in death. Yes, my son took it, without knowing how bad it can be. If you have a loved one taking Tylenol, please have them ask anybody in the medical field their opinion. I lost a son in June from this. If this letter saves a couple of lives so be it.

Ralph Hughes

Hood River

Take down signs please

I think the people who put up signs for yard sales, concerts and events should take them down after the yard sales, concerts and events.

Carol Ann Rosen

Hood River



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