Letters to the Editor for Aug. 13

CASA volunteers needed

I just wanted to let our friends and neighbors know there is an awesome opportunity to do some very rewarding volunteer work on behalf of foster children in our community with Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). “Court appointed” means we are legally appointed to step in, get to know our kids and their situation, and advocate for them while they are in foster care. We help make sure our kids are getting the services they need, and can serve as a proactive voice for them so that they don’t get lost in the “system.” We work to ensure they are placed in permanent, loving homes.

If you have thought about volunteering for a local child-focused organization, consider CASA. As CASAs, we work with caseworkers, foster parents, biological parents, teachers, counselors and other people involved in our kiddo’s lives to ensure that their needs are being met, and their interests are being spoken up for in court and in the day to day. It is a dynamic and rewarding position to be in, and a chance to make a real difference in kids’ lives! I work as a registered nurse in the community and have been volunteering with CASA since I moved here over 6 years ago. We have a training for new volunteers starting in September. I would be happy to speak with any fellow community members who might be interested in learning more!

JC Rappaport, RN

CASA Volunteer


Withdraw support

Republicans of integrity have begun to separate themselves from the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. Trump has irresponsibly fashioned a campaign not on issues, but on a process of demeaning others. His remarks have been scandalous, devoid of reason, un-American and dangerous. A list of those who have been subject to his wrath includes both those who are in opposition and those who are in some agreement with his various proposals.

We of this congressional district have the responsibility to insist our congressman, Greg Walden, who pledged his support to Trump soon after the Republican convention, to now publicly and forcefully withdrawn that support.

If you are in agreement, I urge you to contact Congressman Walden by phone (202-225-6730), email (walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me), or letter by Aug. 30, which is National Frankenstein Day. I can think of no day more fitting to repudiate Trump.

Gary Young

Hood River

Make a difference

Fun and making a difference — that’s what WINGS will be doing Saturday, Aug. 20 at Lakecliff B&B on the banks of the Columbia. It takes innovative community grassroots efforts to prevent the many aspects of homeless and provide individualized services. The needs far exceed any single organizations effort. The causes are many, yet there is not a single city or county fund designated to financially support local programs. State and federal funds do not address the needs of small community grassroots organization.

That’s why programs like WINGS needs you — yes, you — to put your entertainment and dining dollars to work. Pay a little extra to be spoiled, wined and dined by a great chef, and introduced to others who enjoy an evening under the stars.

Help us change the course of young people’s lives by supporting their desire not to be one of the chronically unemployed and homeless. “Starry Nights” is the annual kick-off event for a series of entertaining dinners and excursions. Proceeds from these activities fully fund two homes sheltering and coaching eight young adults and their children in Hood River and The Dalles.

Join us, feel good, leverage your fun dollars and become part of the solution to finding innovative strategies to end homelessness. Please log on to www.getwings.net for tickets and information on the WINGS Dinner Series. Email Allyson @getwings.net and she will give you half off a second ticket. Thanks for caring and making a difference.

Erika Doring

Hood River

‘Party over country’

If you’re horrified by the idea of a Trump presidency, you should keep in mind that our U.S. Representative, Greg Walden, formally endorsed Trump on May 12 and continues to support him. In the past I’ve respected Walden as an honest and reasonable politician, even though his politics are to the right of mine. His continued endorsement of Trump shows that Walden has chosen party over country.

Dave Case

Hood River

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