Letters to the Editor for June 14

Do something

Once again I write to you about guns, the sale of guns, the lack of control of guns, and the complete and utter waste of gun violence. It’s been a couple of years since the last time I wrote, after the horrific slaughter at Sandy Hook.

How many people have died since then? How many innocents have been cut down because some unstable, crazy, evil, self-absorbed monster decided that spraying bullets at human beings would somehow make up for their own painful inadequacy?

I can’t count any more, that’s how many. I see them on the breaking news, on TV, on the Internet: four now in four weeks, or more? I hear the anguish of the families who have lost dear ones. I read the outraged letters to the editor, the plaintive tweets, and the opinion pieces of multitudes crying out for something to be done.

And yet, nothing has been done. And I read that I can expect that nothing will be done, either. The reasons given are various, familiar and as impenetrable as the rebuttals to our constant protests. It’s always happening somewhere else, to someone else. Until it happens here.

Will we do anything then? Will you? Troutdale is pretty close.

I want to see background checks; I want to see registrations, licenses and mental health screening. I want to see automatic weapons severely restricted, if not banned. If my daughter has to be supervised for 100 hours of driving, before she can get a driver’s license, then there should be also some test for owning and operating a gun.

I am writing this because Richard Martinez, whose son was killed by the gunman in Santa Barbara, said, “I don’t care about your sympathy, I don’t give a s* that you feel sorry for me. Get to work and do something.”

I don’t know what else to do except to write to you and yet again to the people who are supposed to represent me.

Jennifer Ouzounian

Hood River

Warfighter rights

I am contacting to inform you of the Warfighter movement. This is a movement that I am proud to be a part of. We stand here today united to end Warfighter discrimination and stop PTSD phobia.

As you have seen, the issues with the Veterans Administration has been substandard for decades. However, this is not the only issue we as Warfighters are facing in America today. Routinely our Warfighter community is discriminated against in the areas of employment, housing and whenever we stand before a judge.

As your constituent, I am respectfully bringing this to your attention so you may appropriately support this movement. As part of the plan we will seek to take action in the courts through class action law suits and to propose legislation to end the discrimination of Warfighters in America.

American Warfighters are comprised of 23 million strong veterans with supports plus the additional numbers of those currently serving on active duty military and their families.

In the 1960s Americans rallied to end discrimination with the Civil Rights movement. During that same time frame, the returning Warfighters were chastised and shamed by the very people they fought for.

We continue to see this today as another generation returns from answering the call to arms of this nation. The method of discrimination is different and in some ways more secretive and more underhanded.

We will not allow this to continue to happen to the present-day Warfighters. This is the era of the Warfighter Rights movement. Rather than complain with excessive rhetoric, we seek your assistance to support our effectiveness.

We want all of our representatives at our backs. We do not care about politics. Politicians who support us must agree to “give no quarter to the corrupt.” Expect to see us protest and rally in large numbers across the country.

If you have questions or want to be part of the movement, contact these email addresses: rally@warrior-pointe.org, rally@asmdss.org, rally@boonecutler.com

Bobbie Schultze

Dallesport, Wash.

Heightened awareness

(Letter to patrons from Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman to district staff):

I know I speak for all the educators in Hood River County in an expression of sadness and concern for every person affected by today’s fatal shooting at Reynolds High School. Our thoughts are with the students, families, and educators of Reynolds at this difficult time.

Horrific events such as these heighten our awareness and attention about our own practices to maximize safety as well as our readiness for the unthinkable here at home. Our school district regularly and frequently prepares for this type of terrible event by assuring individual schools perform practice drills during the year and coordinating these with law enforcement whenever practicable.

We also regularly meet with law enforcement and first responders to coordinate and create response plans for tragic events.

The reality is our schools are not maximum-security correctional facilities — we’re in the business of educating kids. The relationships we have with each student — making certain every student is safe, known and accepted — will continue to be our best strategy to avert a crisis such as this one.

Our hearts are with the Reynolds community.

Dan Goldman

HRCSD superintendent

‘Terrific group’

What an amazing weekend it was for our family. My husband, Richard Logan, received his high school diploma at HRVHS graduation, June 6. We’d like to thank the Hood River County School District for arranging this from the beginning and (Principal Rich) Polkinghorn and his staff for following through.

We feel the most amazing part was the class of 2014. The love and support they all showed was outstanding. What a terrific group of young people!

To all our family and friends who played a huge part in making this such a memorable time in our lives, we thank you.

Richard and Susie Logan

Hood River

Tighten gun control

Open letter to federal, regional and city legislators:

Simple, undeniable formula: Guns make killing easy and in our country guns are easy to get. Easy-to-get guns which make killing easy equals more people killing each other with guns.

If it weren’t so easy to get guns in this country, we’d have fewer people dead from the misuse of guns.

As a legislator, please do not support efforts to make guns easier to get, and by all means do support efforts to make guns more difficult to fall into the wrong hands.

Mike Stroud

Hood River

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