Letters to the editor

Love, not hatred

I need to respond to the many letters that were written about me and my church. This has taken two fronts: 1. First Amendment rights; 2. What is Political right.

Mike Stroud: how is that you think it is alright to make fun of my faith with your silly little story, ridiculing my faith but I can’t put up my statement of my faith (making fun of no one, just statement of faith) on my property.

Glen Patrizio: I am the one who put my statement of faith (Allah is not my God) on our sign on our property. It is statement of our faith. It does not attack the freedom of religion for anyone. How is this a threat to the whole community? It is when they try to stop my freedom and picket, etc., I have invited anyone to come dialog with me but so far no takers.

Nathan Smith: you state that we could learn about truth your way. How is that different from us saying that truth is in God’s word? I am not going to try and tear you down for that, you have that right but let me have my right.

Gary Young: if you saw a burning building with people in it I am sure you would run to help. I put that sign to help people find the truth, out of love not hatred for anyone. I see the American I was brought up in burning!

Eric Cohn: in response to your letter to Pastor Barker: Some people think it is okay to trespass and vandalize our property and put up vulgar saying instead of the truth. I graduated so I didn’t learn every-thing I know in kindergarten but can understand how you did. Let me give you a quote from my favorite book (Holy Bible) and “I would be honored to loan you a copy.” Psalm 14:1 “the fool has said in his heart there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Pastor Mike Harrington, Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church

Hood River

‘Trumpster’ union

As owner of five radio stations for some 20 years (Columbia Gorge Broadcasters) Greg Walden knows how to make payroll and run a successful business. Over-obviously, this same goes for super entrepreneur Donald Trump.

I think Greg welcomes the idea of the Trumpster overseeing the over-spending federal government and then running it like a business.

It’s just what the majority of the voters would love to see happen, after all, what’s wrong with the D.C. political establishment activating a triumphant-Trumpified-business budget and sticking to it?

Bill Davis

Hood River

Change plans in CL

Now that the voters have spoken (by a margin of better than 2 to 1) I hope it’s now crystal clear to the Cascade Locks City Council that the people don’t want Nestlé.

It’s now time for them to abandon this pie-in-the-sky plan and get to work on attracting appropriate industry to Cascade Locks. It’s time for Nestlé to close their little propaganda shop on WaNaPa and find some other small community to exploit. I am proud of the voters of Hood River County for seeing beyond the lies and empty promises.

Mike Stone

Hood River

Stand against coal

Last month was the hottest April on record. 2016 will likely surpass the previous record for the hottest year on the planet (that was last year, 2015).

So how’s that happening? It is as simple as one, two three. One: Visible sunlight passes through air and emits energy in the form of radiation back into space as infrared. Two: Infrared is absorbed by CO2 and by water vapor helping to keep the planet warmer than it would be otherwise. Warming means the air can hold more water vapor, which leads to more warming. Three: CO2 has been steadily increasing because of the burning of fossil fuels.

As I witness escalating climate fury, my patience with culprit business plans that contribute to global warming runs thin. The largest coal terminal in the Americas is proposed in Longview, Washington. It would generate 12 miles of loaded coal trains through the Columbia Gorge every day. The Millennium Bulk Terminals’ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has studied the Longview proposal and reveals serious impacts to human health and the environment that are intolerable and support rejection of the terminal.

The DEIS shows that exporting significant volumes of coal through this proposed terminal will lead to estimates as high as 27 million tons/year of net additional carbon emissions. That’s equivalent to over seven new coal fired power plants.

As we dig ourselves into a serious climate hole it is time to trade in our shovels for new forms of energy. Time to stand up! Go to the cl imat e a c t i on we b s i t e (cgcan.org), see the research, sign up, join committed Hood River residents to attend the June 2 DEIS hearing in Pasco or send in a written comment. When it comes to expanded fossil fuel business infrastructure and climat e change, time is not always on our side.

John Boonstra

Hood River

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