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Letters to the Editor for June 7

Unhinged

Now and then while exchanging thoughts and ideas over a cup of “Planet Pennies” (lower priced than “Star Bucks”) there’s always a chance you might say something that ignites a flame of irritation. Question: How do you remedy his or her outrage? Answer: Quietly and simply say in a clever way: “Please (name goes here) don’t take offence. However, you can grab the gate on your way out. I already removed the hinges.”

Bill Davis

Hood River

Nice will be missed

The resignation of Connie Nice as coordinator for The History Museum of Hood River County is an enormous loss not only to the museum, but to the community as a whole.

Connie was coordinator for 15 years and had a tremendous reservoir of knowledge on the history of our valley. She successfully oversaw the museum remodel and displays of exhibits to appeal to young and old alike. Until her resignation, Connie continued working hard and always acted as a first-class lady despite her rotten and unfair treatment by the county board of commissioners. She will be sorely missed.

The county board of commissioners should be ashamed of themselves for gross over-reaction to solvable problems in museum procedures. Rather than communicate in a positive manner with museum staff and volunteers, the county administration made numerous false accusations and threats not only against Connie, but all of us who volunteer at the museum.

The county budget for the museum is small, so it is up to the museum to raise funds for its many programs through membership fees, admission fees, grants, fundraisers and donations.

Because the county shut off museum sources for fundraising for 10 months, museum resources and reserves have been depleted. This is creating a severe “catch-up” struggle.

We can only hope that the community will support the museum and realize that the negative publicity and innuendos made by the county commissioners are not a true and accurate account of what happened.

Also, in order to move forward as soon as possible, it is imperative that the county commissioners decide to appoint a new museum coordinator immediately.

Mary Ann Wright

Hood River

Safer energy boost needed

I am a local business owner in Hood River. I am also a 17-year veteran police officer who has served as a private contractor overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09.

The reason I am sending you this email is to try to raise awareness for the 22 service members who commit suicide daily. That is a service member or veteran every 65 minutes, or 8,030 a year. If that number does not make your heart sink, then the rest of this email is invalid.

Having had firsthand experience alongside these fine men and women in our military, I know that being alert is of utmost importance. They are using high-sugar energy drinks and other toxic supplements to keep up their energy and level of alertness.

These men and women are sometimes in the worst situation imaginable and need all the mental clarity and focus available to them. As we all know the mental health of some of these men and women have been stressed by the time they come home.

I have launched a campaign called “Operation X” in order to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder and the affect it has on our military veterans and first responders. My goal is not to only raise awareness but to get them the help they so desperately need. I will get members of our U.S. military, both at home and overseas, a 100-percent all-natural product that promotes all-day energy, mood enhancement, mental focus, mental clarity and combats depression and anxiety.

My goal is to get local businesses to support this movement and help me raise $100,000, which will directly go to helping those in our local community. It will also help in stocking our local National Guard armories with enough supply to ensure each soldier has a full 30-day supply of this supplement to aid in mental health.

If you know someone who is overseas, serving in the U.S. military in some form or another, you know where my heart is and where I am coming from. I am reaching out to each and every one of you to help me in the fight and help change the number of our service members who take their own lives.

June is PTSD Awareness Month and you can help by making a donation today! $54 will fund one soldier for 30 days. There is enough of us business owners to make a real difference within our own community.

Michael Martin, founder

Best Defense Training LLC

Hood River

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