Letters to the Editor for Sept. 30

Limit exposure

As the school year begins, the orchardists near Westside Elementary continue to spray pesticide in the face of parents and school children.

September 24, 2015, I was on my way to work at 7:40 a.m. and I noticed a huge plum of spray going off near Belmont in the same moment a young boy was riding his bike to school, passing in front of the rows that had just been sprayed with who-knows-what. I think that the community of Hood River can do better for their children and insist on limiting the school children’s exposure to toxic spray. Perhaps the orchardists on Belmont should consider going Organic and not spray during school hours.

Samantha Joan

Hood River

Water concerns

I have not been involved in the fight over the Nestlé project in Cascade Locks, but it was great to read about the Hood River County ballot measure to protect our limited water supply from bottled water exports.

The current drought makes it very clear that we barely have enough water to support the existing homes and farms. As the population here continues to grow, the pressures on our water supply is only going to increase. We cannot afford to be known as a community willing to send our limited water resources out of the county by the truckload. It’s not just the Nestlé project that I am concerned about, it’s the bigger precedent.

Michelle Hollister

Hood River

‘Tales’ thanks

Just a short but public thank you to the Hood River County Heritage Council, Idlewild Cemetery and the Hood River Valley Adult Center for a special evening of Cemetery Tales. What a wonderful idea in its seventh year of production. Portrayals of the lives of the permanent residents of Idlewild Cemetery, researched and produced by actors sensitive to the lives they inhabit so we may see and, perhaps, feel some connection with the lives portrayed and by our respectful, quiet attendance, honor in some small way all of the permanent residents of Idlewild Cemetery. I thoroughly enjoyed Cemetery Tales 2015, whose theme this year was “Choices and Decisions.” Thank you actors, thank you Idlewild Cemetery, thank you Adult Center, thank you volunteers, and thank you The History Museum for an evening of remembrance, education, awareness and enjoyment.

Roland Lavoie

Hood River


Hood River County is blessed with a river down the middle and large companies that want to do the right thing environmentally.

Many places on the river can have run of river hydroelectric projects.

Run and funded by Hood River electric and sold to those companies.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

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valleycat1 2 years, 10 months ago

RE Limit Your Exposure - I appreciate the concern reflected in this letter for the health of children. However, there are a few assumptions being made here that may or may not be correct. One, that organic growing practices are inherently safe or eliminate the need for spraying orchards; some organic applications are actually more toxic than conventional, and their application is not as heavily monitored or restricted as conventional fertilizers and pesticides. And some organic fruits and vegetables actually require a huge variety of inputs to succeed as a large crop. Secondly, regardless of whether the orchard is conventional or organic, the assumption that what you were seeing being sprayed is toxic. Thirdly, that orchardists are oblivious to their surrounding community; chemical applicators are required to be educated on the effects on people and take that into account before applying. People who move into ag areas usually are given notice that these kinds of practices are going on and it is their choice to live near them and their responsibility to take appropriate actions to protect themselves when something is being done that might affect them. Around here, when the time comes to make a chemical application to a grove, one cannot wait around until there are no people around, because there are other considerations like wind speed, humidity levels, temperature, and impending rain, and the optimum combination of favorable factors can be a very limited window.


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