Letters to the Editor for June 6

Good story, except …

The front page story about the Hood River Adult Center’s new Executive Director, Suzanne VanOrman, was a very good article.

She has most definitely taken on a very difficult job. I have complete confidence she will do a fantastic job.

However, I’m disappointed and very sorry the writer of the article decided to make it appear that all of the problem was due to the former Executive Director, Collice Sinclair. The problem started long before Ms. Sinclair took on the job, and until 2014 she had very little help bring up to date years of unfiled taxes, and many other things that had been left undone.

I don’t understand why the third paragraph was even included in an otherwise very good story.

Shame on whoever it was who wanted to hurt Ms. Sinclair.

Judith Riley

Hood River

No parking

I try to walk to work as much as possible, but like many, I have to drive sometimes. Luckily the “sometimes” is not enough to justify the cost of a monthly Columbia lot pass — the parking lot where I work.

When I have to run out at lunch, I prefer the Columbia lot over the residential area above 7th because if I lived there, I’d be happier if people didn’t fill my street. So I buy a parking pass for the afternoon. It’s worth it to be able to leave work, not have to search for a space, and not cram up downtown streets.

I guess that’s not going to happen anymore. Today, I was limited to 3 hours.

A new machine at the Columbia lot means I either park somewhere else or make darn sure I remember to go out before 2:48 p.m. to buy another pass. It’s not worth the risk of an expensive ticket if I forget or get stuck at work. So from now on, I’ll be another person filling up the residential area above 7th.

Why was that decision made? Is it to prevent shoppers from spending too much time downtown? Is it to prevent workers from using the lot?

Coercion to force us to spend extra on a monthly pass? I hope the downtown residents are okay with another car parking on their street.

Sorry folks, I tried. Maybe there’s a plan to address that too, with other consequences.

Why limit people from parking in the lot for work? I hope there’s a good reason. I can try to walk even more, but I hope other downtown employees less fortunate or with less work flexibility don’t pay the price for an arbitrary time limit.

John Metta

Hood River

‘Great town’

Hood River is a great trail town for the Pacific Crest Trail! I was inspired, renewed, and up-lifted.

I had wonderful tea at Dog River Coffee, saw an amazing sculpture by a local artist Kyle Ocean called Northwest Sun and ate my lunch with Ira at the Remedy Cafe!

I’m on my way to Canada on the PCT, and I have about 600 miles to go, but you can count on one thing

... I’ll be coming back to Hood River! Thanks, wonderful townsfolk, for being so nice to thru-hikers!

Oscar Ikem SoFar (trail name)

Stephen Fosdick

Meridian, Idaho

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