ANOTHER VOICE: ‘An exponential increase’: Hazards of train transport of fossil fuel bring mayor’s analytic protest
As mayor of Hood River, I am frequently called upon to take a stand on issues. As someone with strong opinions, you’d think this would be easy, but there’s a bit of subtlety required. As a citizen I am entitled to my strong opinions on any topic; as mayor of Hood River I am careful to limit myself to issues where the mayor and council have a legitimate policy concern under our city charter.
When the discussion comes to funding schools, streets and infrastructure, a common theme is to assess some tax or fee that doesn’t include big business. Governor Kitzhaber says he wants revenue reform and a state sales tax, but in a recent “special session” gave Nike a 30-year tax break. In Portland, commissioners proposed a residential street fee to fix potholes. No proposal I’m aware of demands that big business stop freeloading on the public.
Changes in Oregon law and other trends point to the necessity of licensed school librarians and their positive impact on student learning.
In the beginning of the spring of 2013, I was told by my organization, EF, that my future exchange year’s destination had been decided. After years of preparations, it seemed like the endless paperwork finally paid off. I was randomly picked to spend my year abroad in Dundee, Minn., a place with as few as 68 inhabitants.
Dear Hood River County School District and Hood River County School Board: We are all aware of the difficult choices you face: budget cuts, boundary decisions, personnel issues, student conduct, and countless other details that you receive little or no thanks for. I would like to take a few moments to congratulate and thank you!
Mary Abrams, director of Oregon DSL, stated in an interview with Rob Davis of Oregon Live “I have a real alliance with the people in rural Oregon. I’m very proud to come from a very small town in Morrow County. I also believe — and I think people who live and work in rural Oregon — have their own environmental consciousness. They believe there are ways to make economic development and good environmental choices at the same time. That’s what I always look for …”
On March 19, 2007, Hood River County Commissioners, including Ron Rivers and Les Perkins, who sit on the Commission now, signed a letter of support for Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District in support of a grant to acquire the land now known as Barrett Park.
In the recent Legislative session, Tax Fairness Oregon worked hard in support of HB 4142, the “Rural SIP Bill.” It would have closed a nasty tax loophole and made it easier for rural communities along I-5, I-84 and US 97 to compete with the Portland Metro area for large business investments.
The following is our letter to Hood River Parks and Recreation District regarding safety concerns on the Indian Creek Trail:
The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has a well-deserved reputation for delivering a lot of public benefit on a small budget. Given that reputation, the District’s recent decision to spend $300,000 in local and state funds on a radio flyer field at its Barrett Drive property is perplexing. The district has identified ball fields as our community’s number one need while a radio flyer field doesn’t even appear on its master plan.
I recently attended the Safe Patient Project Summit in Yonkers, N.Y., at the headquarters of Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. I was there with other patient safety advocates, and we were introduced to the new Choosing Wisely campaign.
Throughout the year, Child Abuse Intervention Centers in Oregon play a critical role in making our state a place that prioritizes the health and safety of children. There are close to 70,000 reports of abuse and neglect each year in Oregon, and almost half of all victims of abuse are under the age of 6.
Mistrust of the medical community and perceived discrimination by health care providers can affect how satisfied young adult Latinos in rural Oregon are with their health care, new research from Oregon State University shows.
The question of whether Hood River County should impose a moratorium on the opening of legal medical marijuana dispensaries is coming before the County Commissioners on April 21.
Hood River is world-renowned as a recreation destination. We have tourists coming to our town from across the country and around the world — it is a unique and special place. Recreation is a significant component of Hood River’s economic makeup, and not just for people who make it part of their business like I do.