Implementing the management plan for the White Salmon National Wild and Scenic River hinges on acquiring willing seller property, but for 30 years, the Forest Service has resisted doing that. This mismanagement has resulted in extensive clear cutting and residential development with the management corridor.
Comment on Hanford
While we are living in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we can’t forget that a potential public health crisis resulting in toxic and radioactive contamination for people, water, land, and the air looms nearby just up the river from us — the aging infrastructure of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with more than 500 contaminated facilities and structures. The Hanford cleanup has been moving at a snail’s pace over the past 30 years with delays, shortcuts and federal budget cuts, not to mention tanks leaking and a tunnel collapse. It is another example of kicking the can down the road for our children and children’s children to clean up the mess.
Remember how we used to take our kids to chicken pox parties? A friend recently joked that we should use idled cruise ships to host COVID-19 parties. People tired of self-isolating and anxious to return to work could volunteer for a four-week cruise, free food and open bar along with a controlled dose of the virus and medical staff to oversee the resulting illness. They could leave with a certificate of immunity to allow them to return to work, restaurants and bars and sporting events.
Three asks for Legislators:
Back Home on the Ridge, 30 April 2020! Home at last. Our thanks to the Lord and all who gave us kind words, good thoughts, their prayers and their funds following (the fire on) July 17, 2018.
I am outraged that the much-need COVID rescue funds authorized by Congress have gone to further enrich the wealthy rather than supporting individuals who are out of work and small businesses on the verge of collapse.
This is the same song we’ve been hearing for the last three years from the Trump administration and his Senate enablers. Any further spending packages need to fund vote-by-mail and guarantee legislative oversight so that money is spent as intended.
Our elected officials, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Rep. Greg Walden, should all be insisting on protection of our front-line, low-income workers. Low income employees work in essential jobs like retail, transportation and food production and are disproportionately exposed to coronavirus in their work settings. Unlike white collar workers, they can’t work from home, nor can they afford to simply stay home to stay safe. Many are working in unsafe conditions without proper physical distancing, sufficient protective equipment, or sick leave.
New York governor stated he was considering opening the streets to permit people to walk (using the social distances that’s required) since side walks are so crowded. Most of Forest Lane don’t have side walks and you are risking your life to try to go for a walk! Speed limit is 35, but most drivers go way past that speed and unless you call for a sheriff, there’s no one in sight!
Hoarding toilet paper.
I am disgusted but not surprised by the behavior of people from the top to the bottom during this current pandemic. I do believe the government should side on the health and welfare of the people it represents, but this is really a giant mess. Take Sweden’s experiment of trying to acquire herd immunity while protecting the most vulnerable. It isn’t rocket science.
Our present predicament began July 16, 2016, when Trump delivered his nomination speech with “I, alone can fix it!” Things became worse with his “America First!” inauguration speech. His profound lying, arrogance and unconscious ignorance has not made America great again. He alone is responsible for this problem.
The H1N1 epidemic in 2009 and the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016 did not become pandemics primarily because the United States led, with China, Mexico, and the World Health Organization, an effective response. The Obama administration acknowledging the serious viral threats, included a Global Health Security Team within the National Security Council. January 6, 2017, 14 days before the inauguration, the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), which is a component of the Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote a draft report: “Novel Contagious pathogens capable of human-to-human transmission … present the greatest challenge to response and recovery.”
Write at least one letter, emails work too, about this — to Congress members. They are read and considered to be representative of many others who don’t write (who writes letters any more? Well... who else?) One letter is, to them, many, many more who didn’t write.
We can’t afford elected officials like Chuck Thomsen.
Why is it that we can adhere to drunk driving laws but can’t wear a mask in public?
Over the past three years of U.S. history, I have been repeatedly bombarded with two messages. The message from President Trump has been how great the economy was doing and how tremendous every American’s life was. The second message came from Trump supporters who justified the numerous shortcomings of the president as a decent human being as justified and irrelevant because of the economy and related issues.
There’s always something weird going on in Cascade Locks, for example. Or Parkdale, a whole world unto itself. Not a lot of dough involved here, but a long term positive effect on circulation.