See ‘Full Monty’

Over the past few years, thanks especially to the Columbia Center for the Arts, HRVHS, and the Hood River Middle School, we’ve been offered excellent theatrical productions focusing on women and our body images, our insecurities, and ultimately our self-acceptance.

Some of the stories shared or enacted have been tragic, some comic. Currently we have the opportunity to see body image, self-acceptance, and much more through the lens of male experience … in the very adult comedy playing for two more weekends at the CAST Theatre, “The Full Monty.” Opening night last Friday brought a lively audience to its feet, and rightly so.

Kudos to director Bruce Ludwig, a terrific cast (with some very brave men in the spotlight!), great musicians, and ingenious crew. Stereotypes around race, class, gender roles and sexual orientation are surfaced by the story ... and transcended. Love of family and friends is the bedrock theme.

In case all this sounds too serious, the bottom line is “It’s a hoot.” If you’re a grownup with a sense of humor, don’t miss “The Full Monty.” Once again, our dedicated all-volunteer arts community enriches us.

Tina Castañares

Odell

Nestle clarification

In response to a recent letter on the proposed Nestle Waters project in Cascade Locks, I want to clarify misperceptions and reiterate our invitation to address questions and comments from anyone interested in the project.

Nestlé Waters is not an applicant in the water rights process, and under either the Cross Transfer or Exchange, all water rights would remain with public entities — no water rights go to our company.

Claims have been made that the cross transfer process would eliminate the opportunity for the public to discuss and/or protest this project.

That is not the case. The cross transfer is another regulatory option that still provides for public input while reducing staff time and resources spent on the process. This includes, but is not limited to, a 30-day public comment period after the applications are first filed and a 30-day protest period on the preliminary determination to address any assertions of injury to existing water rights. All the entities involved in the proposed project — the City, ODFW and Nestlé Waters — are conducting due diligence to ensure the project makes sense, operationally, environmentally and economically.

Since we first came to Cascade Locks in 2008, we’ve worked with a wide range of stakeholders to answer questions and address concerns. We believe strongly in transparency and have worked continuously to keep the residents of Cascade Locks and other stakeholders informed through six town hall meetings and one community newsletter to date, as well as a project website (nestlewaters-pnw.com), toll-free phone number at 1-877-441-0444 and frequent office hours in Cascade Locks.

We have a strong positive track record in the communities where we operate, and representatives from those communities including Kingfield, Maine and Mecosta, Mich., have independently noted that our hiring practices reflect the promises we made during the project planning phase. We have always tried to be as direct and forthright as possible with information on this project, and remain available for questions and comments from the public.

David Palais, Nestle

Redding, CA.

Thankful for vaccines

I read the measles vaccination report with great interest.

As one born in 1934, I was expected to have and indeed did have measles, mumps, and chicken pox in first, second, and third grades. There were no vaccinations in those days. The recoveries were in dimly lit rooms to protect your eyes, with bad-tasting medicines and warnings of “Don’t scratch!”

Then came the vaccines, And by then our age group were having children.

And we didn’t want our kids to have to go through what we went through. We had had firsthand experience.

Our kids grew up with no first-hand knowledge and only our direct parental experiences to fill them in.

And now, many years later, our kids have kids and we have grandkids who have never really seen or heard about these all-but-eliminated diseases.

The point of the article is that more education is needed. This is, in my opinion, absolutely right. I am afraid that because the diseases are not seen as common occurrences, they have been relegated to the status of “not a problem” or “a vaccination is worse than the disease.”

Will polio (formerly “infantile paralysis”) be the next disease to have its vaccination deemed unnecessary?

Dick Swart

Hood River

100 percent immunity

The article (Feb. 14) on measles and “herd immunity” is somewhat misleading. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children might assume that as long as 95 percent of the Hood River community is vaccinated, their children are safe.

But, actually their risk is greater. Anti-vaccine families tend to cluster together — going to the same schools, belonging to similar groups — so their risk is significantly higher. If a measles outbreak begins among these families, their children are more likely to get it and to pass it on to others.

For more on this topic, and why this “goal” of 95 percent underestimates what’s really needed (a goal of 100 percent), Google “Washington post, marcel salathe.”

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease. A personal example: I had it when I was about six, before the vaccine was available. It permanently closed one of my Eustachian tubes resulting impaired hearing, numerous infections, eardrum lancings, mastoiditis, and major surgery. In a way, I was lucky.

The complications can include pneumonia, fits or convulsions, mental retardation, and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), hospitalization, and death.

The right message is 100 percent “Community Immunity.” Let’s do it Hood River!

Lawrence Jones

Hood River

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