Thursday, February 6, 2003
Are we safer?
As the Armed Services continues to mobilize for a war against Iraq, and the rhetoric of the Bush Administration becomes more insistent, it is time to consider who and how many will die. And will our country and the world be safer?
It’s a paradox that the Administration’s hawks — including President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz — have no combat experience.
Bush, 56, graduated from Yale in 1968. In his own words, Bush had no desire “to be an infantry guy as a private in Vietnam.” So, he applied to the Texas Air National Guard, was moved to the head of the waiting list (his father was, after all, a Texas congressman) and immediately accepted. Bush stayed in the Guard until 1973, when he left to attend graduate school.
Cheney, 62, graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1965. Cheney avoided military service through a series of deferments — for graduate school (1966), to be a congressional fellow (1968-69), and finally because he got married. Cheney later said he “had other priorities than military service” during this time.
Rumsfeld, 70, graduated from Princeton in 1954 and served as a Navy pilot from 1954-57. He missed the Korean War by a year.
Wolfowitz, 58, graduated from college in 1965. Wolfowitz avoided military service by going to graduate school. After earning his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1972, he gained another military deferment to teach college.
In contrast to the Administration, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the State Department have been far more cautious about launching an attack. Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf has publicly voiced the concerns of many in the military. He believes the weapons inspections should have more time.
Have our President and his advisors considered consequences of a war against Iraq, other than those desired by oil industry interests? A grave consequence could be the world’s first nuclear strike. The U.S. and Israel have this capability. Bush has threatened a nuclear strike if Iraq uses chemical or biological weapons. If they have these weapons, shouldn’t we expect their use if the U.S. attacks Iraq?
The President is telling us that a tax break on corporate dividends will revive the economy. Meanwhile, he is about to cause massive economic damage with a war. White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsay was reportedly fired in part because he estimated that war with Iraq could cost $200 billion.
Do the President and his advisers believe that “beating the war drums” will reassure the American public that “true leaders” are ensuring our safety and our future? I think the opposite is true — that arrogant, irresponsible politicians are leading this nation toward disaster.
Agree to pay
Mt. Hood Meadows and its general manager Dave Riley talk about the jobs that their new destination resort will create. What you do not hear them talking about is what the pay scale and year around status will be once all of the construction is done. We do not need any more lower-paying part-time jobs in this county that do not have any type of health benefits for workers. All of you know who pays for housing and medical for these uninsured workers and part-time workers.
I have one other point to comment on. If Meadows has no intention of harming the environment or our water supply then I feel that Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd., will not have a problem signing an agreement stating that they, Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd., will pay for installation of a filtration and treatment system and all operation costs if they do contaminate our water supply now or in the future.
Don’t change Spur
I am the third generation of my family to form an intimate bond with Mt Hood. My grandfather, W.T. Hukari, was a founding member of the Hood River Crag Rats in 1927. My father, Rob Hukari, is among the generation of Crag Rats who lobbied to save and restore Cloud Cap Inn when the Forest Service proposed destroying it in the 1950s.
I grew up on this mountain. I’ve only climbed to the summit twice, but I’ve hiked Elliott Glacier, Cooper Spur, Langille Crags and the Tilly Jane Canyon all my life, and have circumnavigated the mountain via the Timberline Trail several times.
I have always counted myself lucky to be born in such a beautiful place and into a family who taught me to love and respect it. I am proud of that heritage. My father is 80 years old. My grandfather died in 1978. Now I am the one taking my niece and nephew on hikes around Mt. Hood.
Already, in my lifetime, I’ve seen changes in the use (and abuse) of these trails. There is more trash left behind, more erosion (I’ve even witnessed mountain bikes ripping up the wilderness), more deterioration of alpine meadows, more noise, more people — just plain more use then this delicate environment can sustain.
I remember a time when the Forest Service was advocating LESS use of this area. There was talk of a permit system to protect the area from over use. As much as I’d miss a day hike whenever the fancy hit, I’d prefer this alternative to what I have seen at Rainier National Park — where the trails are paved for easy access and to protect the alpine wilderness from those who claim to love it.
Alpine and sub-alpine habitats like those of the Cooper Spur/Tilly Jane area make up only 0.6 percent of the total landmass of the state of Oregon. Ski resort development is the number one threat to this kind of habitat. I hate to think what will happen to my beloved Cooper Spur if a destination resort is allowed to expand at its base.
Let us not forget, this is our land. Cooper Spur Ski Resort merely holds a permit for its use. We are responsible for what happens here.
It would be easy to love the wilderness around Mt. Hood to death. It will be harder to love it and respect it. My father and grandfather taught me by their examples. What will we teach the next generation? It’s up to us.
To the Hood River County Planning Commission:
What are you doing? What are you thinking?
To anyone who has ever had the privilege of living, working, visiting, or observing in the Hood River Valley, Mt. Hood is sacred. Please do not allow the proposed zoning changes and development of a destination resort at Cooper Spur. This development is a bad idea, one that current and future generations of Oregonians would regret. Do not let this happen.
I was born and raised in Hood River. I lived there 18 years and return frequently to visit. My city-slicker children love to visit their grandfather’s orchard and go “up to the mountain.” I grew up as part of a Crag Rat family and have had the honor of being at Cloud Cap Inn. While visitors are always welcome to tour this facility, having a constant stream of numerous clients from a nearby “destination resort” would ruin this historic building.
The trails, roads, animals and wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest should be protected. Protection means honoring the sanctity of these places.
I worked at Mt. Hood Meadows during the first years it was in business. I believe that their current location is as close to Hood River as a resort needs to be. Mt. Hood has plenty of ski areas already developed. I have no faith that the developers who brought us Mt. Hood Meadows would be any more careful or diligent or protective as they seek to take over another location.
Please do not be misled — these developers are looking at their own economic concerns. They are not hoping to provide jobs for the well being of Hood River residents. In fact the economic impact on agricultural lands and businesses could well be negative.
Your duty as a planning commission should be to protect the farm and forest settings of our valley. We do not need/want a recreational facility that includes pavement!
I am saying “No.” Please do not allow destination development of Cooper Spur. You have the ability, the right, and the duty to take this stand. Please make wise decisions. Please protect our mountain.
Mandy Hukari Budwill
Stop ‘ego rage’
All countries are but rooms on planet earth.
How to create unity and harmony with interrelatedness for oneness on planet earth?
What we humans focus on grows. All wars (drug war too) have grown. Medications instead of inner meditation has grown.
Dis-ease and fear are growing.
Wars produce more anger, fear, unconnectedness, terror, hostilities, separation, madness, post traumatic stress disorder and revenge.
All these thoughts create more abuse and illnesses going out to millions for years to come.
Is this freedom?
We are in a new millenium. Isn’t it time for mass communication of ancient healing wisdom for divine love?
We can now start to understand how to use the other 90 percent for our brains for the good of the planet. We have come to a time of globalization that must be taught.
Teaching new communications and responsibilities for your individual choices. Teach all children how to stay focused on their gifts and own soul purpose. Teach deep meditation, NOT more medications. Knowledge brings natural enlightenment which shines light into the darkest places to rid of “darkness and evil” by teaching self-love.
All answers for anything (omniscient knowing) lies inside each person’s own eternal soul that is connected to each person’s breath and other 90 percent of the brain we forgot how to use.
Teaching people how to let go and follow their own omnipresent angels does produce a natural healthy loving lifestyle.
Military promotes anger, violence, hostility, fear, and flight syndromes. I grew up in the military, and worked on the base for years of my life. All my brothers were in the military, Army, Navy, and Marines. I know about so many lives destroyed by Post Tramautic Stress Disorders and physical dis-eases from wars that I am here to teach another way. Wars are not the answer to pain and suffering and injustice.
I do believe in freedom and justice for all, but I believe that education with more promotions of the humanitarian services and arts brings connectedness and unity which is natural freedom and justice for all. All hearts are the same color, and all hearts need freedom and justice to know they are here for a good reason. How to focus on that reason, and that there is enough money to share — if we stop all the wars (and drug wars).
Why can’t the military turn its camps into world sports camps? Promote world sports instead of killing and violence, and poisoning? Suicide bombers are here and will take us all out if we don’t start another direction for all races and all religions — to unite for common goals for all children of all the rooms on planet earth!
Everyone wants money and freedom and justice and to feel safe and connected. Money must be used for all the various rooms (countries) of planet earth.
Please pray for world peace and change to soul connections and answers — and stop so much ego rage! People that know their life purpose are happier and heathier and do not want to hurt themselves or others.
Make ’em pay
I read the two articles about the shattering spree done by two local hoodlums, and I just see red. It’s bad enough that those jerks were previously arrested for graffiti, now they’ve escalated the damage by breaking windows all over town. Apparently they did not learn the lesson about how wrong vandalism is when they got arrested the first time.
They need to realize what a hassle vandalism causes, above and beyond the money loss. I appeal to whoever judges this case (and any others like it) to fit the punishment to the crime. Make those punks pay restitution AND put in a comparable number of hours cleaning broken glass, scrubbing graffiti, picking up litter, painting public areas that need it, and then talking to other juvenile offenders so that they might get the message before it happens again.
To Emilio Trampuz of Salem: Many were waiting outside the first hearing, I was one of them. I live in Hood River, I snowboard and I think Mt. Hood Meadows may be the devil. Though I do not not think the terms “hippie” and “earthy” (from Hood River News, Jan. 29) are derogatory myself, I can’t speak for others.