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Letters to the Editor for November 24, 2012

Donovan’s family asks for help

Donovan is 19 and was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2011. He received 12 chemotherapy treatments at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and was thought to be in remission starting June 2012.

Then in September, he had a relapse. After two, 72-hour rounds of intense chemotherapy at Providence St Vincent, Donovan is now starting the next stage of his treatment which is a stem cell transplant. The transplant will be done at Providence Cancer Center. It is a very long and hard treatment and Donovan will need all the support that he can get, medically, spiritually and financially. The whole transplant process will take 4 to 6 weeks and about 100 days after the transplant for the recovery. Donovan is a fun, loving and hard working young man. He was working at Little Bit Ranch Supply when he felt good enough between the treatments. His boss, Karen Howard, was a wonderful boss to him. She and Donovan’s coworkers were compassionate and supportive. While he is admitted for his transplant and during the recovery, he won’t be able to work, due to his weakening immune system. Donovan has five siblings and currently lives at home with his younger sister, Julie, who is a junior at HRVHS. Two siblings are live in Montana. The oldest sister lives in Las Vegas, and the second oldest lives here. Donovan is the best son any parents could wish for. He doesn’t question his faith, he just knows in his heart that he will put all of this behind him and move on to bigger things. His church has been a great support to him and we are very grateful! When all of this is over with, Donovan would like to attend college in La Grande with his girlfriend Hannah. She is a wonderful young lady, and she stands by him for better or worse.

If you know Donovan and would like to help him, here is your chance to do so. We didn’t want to do any fundraising the first time he was diagnosed, but this is the second time in one year, and we are not sure we can manage it all on our own. It means a lot to all of us! Donations can be made at Pacific NW Federal Credit Union or at the Funding Jar: http://www.fundingjar.com/projects/143/project-info/

Isabelle Doroski

Hood River

Gift of rainbow

Underwood Mountain is no small “eye candy” on its own, but when draped with Wednesday’s gorgeous rainbow (the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in over forty years here), it’s a breathtaking reminder of how lucky we are... a true Thanksgiving gift!

Catherine Kelter

Hood River

Editor’s note: Miss the rainbow? See page A1.

Stand firm, Mr. President

The following was sent in an e-mail to info@barakobama.com.

Dear Mr. President, Why is the dialog always about the middle class? The middle class, including most of us who are retired, are doing okay; we have food, clothing and shelter. But what I have been reading is that there are many in the lower classes without these essentials; that is what we should be focusing on, but instead are talking about shredding the safety net that sustains them.

And, from what is said (and not said), Social Security and Medicare are also on the table for cuts to pay down the deficit. There should be no compromise on preserving these highly successful programs for coming generations.

It is repugnant to me that politicians think they can make future cuts because present retirees would not be affected and so would not object. Is this what our country has to look forward to — gradual cuts to these programs until there is nothing left? Many Republicans have made a pledge to never raise taxes. You, Mr. President, have sort of, if it’s possible, pledged to not cut Social Security and Medicare. You have the backing of the large majority of the people to stand firm on this pledge. No compromise. If we fall off the cliff, so be it. We can pick ourselves up and start over. Please do not make the so called grand bargain. We voted for you. Now stand firm.

Anne Vance

Odell

Unfair logic

How many of the retail executives who decided they should open for business on Thanksgiving worked the holiday themselves?

The logic in proposing that in this economy these retail workers are lucky to have jobs implies that anyone with a job is also lucky and also subject to any demands (excluding illegal) made by their employers. Think about that while you’re working.

Jerry Giarraputo

Hood River

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