As a resident of Hood River County, I chose to allow my lawn to go brown so that, hopefully, our farmers and orchardists would have more water available to them for irrigating their crops and orchards. It was my way of supporting local business and families in times of need and hardship. I pay a flat rate during the irrigation season; therefore, using less water did not save me any money. I support our businesses that rely on water to produce and grow the products that most of us love.
Work for change
I’m saddened by the recent mass shooting in Roseburg. Like I was saddened by the mass shooting in Charleston and was saddened by the mass shooting before that. We seem to collectively forget that mass shootings occur every three to six months in the United States. A few days after the shooting in Roseburg, it was already becoming old news.
I’m optimistic when I think about working together as a country to fix our broken gun laws. Gun laws that, while giving millions of responsible gun owners space to own guns for sport and personal protection, also give space to violent offenders to commit all kinds of crimes.
While the premise of the Second Amendment is sound, it should be updated to account for the different caliber of weapons we have today. It would be hard to commit a mass shooting with a musket. Together we can work to change our constitution to better reflect the needs of our modern society. Needs that could not have been envisioned in 1776.
White Salmon, Wash.
Areas of concern
The recent slaughter of people at Umpqua Community College grieves me, too. We are concerned about the safety of people in schools, theaters, sports events, churches, etc. These shootings will probably continue unless we change how things are done.
There are two areas that concern me about the shooting at UCC:
1) If the security person / people was / were not armed, why not? I think that they should be armed and that faculty and other staff who want to be concealed carry trained and certified should do so and then carry.
2) I understand that UCC declared itself a “gun free zone.” These zones attract criminals like magnets because they are less likely to meet dangerous opposition. On the other hand, with armed people on campus, a sign could read, “Warning to criminals: Some armed people are at this facility and will respond appropriately.” For people who really think the sign “gun free zone” prevents crime, I challenge them to place such a sign in front of their private residences.
There is a saying that says, “Law enforcement arrive within minutes when seconds counted.” Having armed people at the facility could make a huge difference in the rapid response to criminals.
Don Rose, M.D.