Letters to the Editor for Sept. 13

‘The right thing’

I am replying to the letter that Dale Peck wrote about finding a baby sitting in a hot car without anyone around. Dale, you did the right thing calling the police and getting some help to get that baby out of that hot car before it died. I applaud you Dale for getting involved.

Pam Smiley

Hood River

In agreement

Dale Peck, you did exactly the right thing. Your actions may have saved that helpless child from being kidnapped or suffering from brain damage or death.

I hope the responding officers made the parents fully understand the danger they placed their child in.

As for the woman who read you the riot act for getting involved, I have to ask how drunk and/or high was she to think a person should just walk away from this situation?

Debra Arbuckle

Hood River

Nystrom for House

Hood River and the Gorge are the popular world class tourist destination because of our high quality environment. Our quality of life necessitates someone who will stand up for the environment. Stephanie Nystrom is that someone. Vote for Stephanie Nystrom for our State Representative.

David Michalek

Hood River

Your right to vote

This month, the Secretary of State’s office will be mailing postcards to eligible voters across Oregon, offering them the opportunity to register to vote. The postcards will be sent to Oregonians who, according to our records, may be eligible to vote.

If you receive a postcard, please consider registering to vote. If you receive a postcard and believe you are already registered to vote, please take a moment to confirm your voter registration information at oregonvotes.gov.

To vote in the November election, you must be registered no later than Oct. 14, 2014.

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State’s office joined the Electronic Registration Information center, a project to improve voting rolls across the country. The first step in this effort is to reach out to all eligible voters who may not be registered and thus unable to participate in our election system.

The next step focuses on the integrity of our voting rolls, cross-checking with DMV, the U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Death Index. We will also work with other participating states to ensure that voters are only registered in the state in which they reside.

If you receive a postcard, it means that our records indicate that you are eligible to vote in Oregon, but may not be registered. Voting is a fundamental right, and I encourage all Oregonians to exercise their right to vote.

Kim Kean, Chief

Deputy Director

Hood River County Elections

The other part of Hwy. 35

Let me tell you about what I have witnessed, or read about, in just the past few weeks, on Highway 35 between Hood River and the community of Mt. Hood.

Just after dusk, returning from Hood River, I saw a serious wreck near the Gorge White House. From the looks of the vehicles it appeared that they collided almost head-on. I nearly rear-ended a car in front of me because it had just happened and no emergency vehicles were on the scene.

A few weeks before, another even more serious accident occurred at the intersection of Central Vale and Highway 35. And another near there involving a motorcycle earlier on, which I witnessed just after it had happened.

Anyone regularly traveling Highway 35 near Odell knows to move into the inside/passing lane at the junction because of the innumerable accidents that have taken place there.

And these have all been in the summertime, or fall, when weather is fair.

Think of the accidents on Middle Mountain when that section of Highway 35 is icy and foggy.

And Mount Hood Meadows wants to put a Park and Ride 15 miles up from Hood River? And add those 179 cars to the highway between Hood River and Mt. Hood in the wintertime? In the colder and darker early morning and late afternoon? Well, that’s a recipe for disaster, don’t you think?

Let’s put that park and Ride where it belongs — in the dozen acres at the Event Site on the waterfront: A good use for that empty space in the winter, a safe access and egress for cars and buses, a safe solution to the dangerous drivers and conditions up and down Highway 35 and a ready-made lot, sparing damage and destruction to the community of Mt. Hood.

What’s the problem, Meadows? Seems logical to me.

Jude Russell

Mt. Hood

Money and paper

In recent TV and print ads Jeff Merkley and other Liberal Socialist Democrats here in Oregon are going after Mark Johnson, Chuck Thomsen and Monica Wehby implying linkage to the Koch Brothers. All three candidates say that this is not true, however I would ask, so what if the Koch Brothers donate money to any of these people’s campaigns? In America, support for what you believe in is not only a right but a duty.

There is a major Democrat supporter who is much worse than the Koch Brothers could possibly be. That man is George Soros. He is a man who has admitted collaborating with the Nazis. This was in 1998 to Steve Croft on “60 Minutes.” He said of his Nazi time, “I have no sense of guilt.” What is his excuse? He was a 14 year old kid. What difference could that possible make? Soros is an intelligent man and I am sure he was an equally intelligent kid. He made a conscious decision to aid and abet the Nazis. He betrayed his fellow Jews to the Nazis. Makes you wonder how many Hungarian Jews died because of this guy’s duplicity? Yet Soros donates to every Democrat and Socialist Cause he wants. In my opinion Soros is arguably the sleaziest ex-Nazi in America. Where is the outrage from the Left? Well I guess the outrage hinges on WHO is the recipient of those donations? I would like to point out that the Koch Brothers are NOT ex-Nazi collaborators. Actually, the real truth is that the Koch Brothers are equal opportunity donors for the Democrats and Republicans. They donated a combined $20 million to the ACLU to fight George Bush on the Patriot Act. Ever hear about that from the left? No? Research it for yourself. It is a matter of public record. Another point — the ONLY interests I know of that the Koch Brothers have in Oregon is Georgia Pacific. GP make toilet paper here in Oregon. Don’t these Liberals and their ilk use toilet paper?

Cliff Mansfield


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