valleycat1 2 weeks, 5 days ago on No on 14-55: But not a ‘yes’ to Nestlé

I agree that a no vote on 14-55 is not necessarily a yes to Nestle, or to any other water bottling facility. The measure is so narrowly written that it obviously is addressing this one case - it is solely about bottling, labeling and reselling as water. If a national brewery or soda company were to want to move into the county, yet another measure would have to be passed if the people want it blocked. Although I tend to agree that management of water and other natural resources should be thought about in a larger context, meaning some county, regional or even statewide control over local decisions, this particular measure is not written to accomplish everything its proponents claim it will. And in the case of water, it would be the people downstream who have the greater concerns over what goes on upstream; not the areas upstream or who get their water from another source entirely.


valleycat1 3 months, 1 week ago on Hood River legislators fight minimum wage hike

I agree. It is not as if the hike is all at once, and most jobs I see posted already are near or at the proposed final level, in part because an employee paid the required minimum wage cannot afford to live in the Hood River Valley. It makes no sense to express concern and hold meetings about the lack of affordable housing and access to food on the one hand, but vote against paying people a living wage on the other.


valleycat1 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Letters to the Editor for Oct. 10

RE: Areas of Concern - I do not know why UCC does not arm their security guards, if that is true. However, from Think Progress (and confirmed at other news sources): The conservative site Breitbart and others assert that guns were banned at UCC. This is not true. The student code of conduct bans guns "without written authorization." Under Oregon law, the university could not ban people with a valid concealed carry license from bringing their weapons on campus. (They could ban gun from various buildings and facilities.) Conservative writer Dana Loesch, who initially claimed the campus was a "gun free zone," updated her article to clarify that individuals with concealed carry permits were allowed to bring guns on campus.

There was, in fact, someone on campus with a concealed carry weapon at the time of the massacre. A local reporter explained to CNN that it was legal for him to have such a weapon on campus."

If you have random people on campus with a gun, how are you going to know which ones are the good guys and which is a person with a grudge to settle? People who are able to get into a situation where they can accomplish a mass shooting do not run in acting crazy waving their gun, they fit into the crowd until they are ready to start.


valleycat1 8 months ago on Letters to the Editor for Sept. 30

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.


valleycat1 9 months, 1 week ago on Bicyclists, please remember rules and responsibilities

And for your own safety, wear a helmet. According to, Oregon law requires anyone 16 years old or younger to wear a bike helmet; riders must also wear helmets while riding a bike on a highway or "on premises open to the public. I regularly see adults riding bicycles on Dee Highway and on Hwy 35 without a helmet. And even taking a leisurely ride around town has its hazards that could be devastating if your head is not protected and you go over.


valleycat1 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Letters to the Editor for Aug. 15

RE: lawn chairs at outdoor events - perhaps the request should be that those who need a regular height chair seat themselves to the back and to the far sides, so their seating is not obstructing any more other attendees than necessary. The issue comes when regular lawn chairs are set up right in the middle and toward the front, and the venue is crowded enough that the room behind those chairs is needed to accommodate.


valleycat1 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Letters to the Editor for Aug. 8

To Rick Hoff - It is great that you and your wife love coming here to HR for extended stays, and that you support local businesses when you are here. But as affordable housing gradually disappears (actually, seems to be virtually nonexistent in the immediate local area), local businesses find it harder and harder to find and keep employees. So, keep in mind that prices may go up (so we can pay our employees enough that they can live here), or that service will be slower or our business will be open fewer hours than you are used to (because we do not have the staff to maintain the level of service we would want to give). As a local business owner we of course appreciate the tourist business that comes our way, yet we depend on year round residents' business to make it worth staying open.


valleycat1 1 year, 8 months ago on Letters to the editor for Sept. 10

RE 2nds Count - The reason for the difference is that in many towns Main Street was the 'first' (and only) street, so when the next parallel street was added, it was named 2nd Street. However if the next street was perpendicular to Main, towns often went with numbers or letters and therefore then started with 1st or A street.


valleycat1 1 year, 11 months ago on Developer scales down DeeTour proposal

One concern I have not seen addressed is they need to have an effective plan in place to prevent people from parking and standing/sitting along Dee Highway above the site to get a free concert.


valleycat1 2 years, 4 months ago on Semester at Sea: HR grad finds global adventure

Our daughter sailed with Semester at Sea in Spring 2003, departing from the Bahamas and ending in Seattle. It was an amazing set of experiences for her. What Leo doesn't mention is that if they have extra room available, adults can sail too. And SAS often offers a shorter January voyage geared toward teachers continuing ed. Many of the staff members either sailed as students or were staff members on earlier voyages.