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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 25

Profits, not jobs

Whenever you hear a Republican politician or candidate use the word “job” these days or see that word in a Republican bill or legislation, substitute the word “profits” and suddenly their real purpose becomes crystal clear!

Hugh McMahan

Mt. Hood

Port priorities?

If the Port of Hood River intended to establish a “Check Point Charlie” at their toll bridge, they could not have done a better job than they have with their new toll proposal. They intend to use a 100 percent toll increase for cash payers to force us to hand over information on ourselves in order to switch to Breeze-by and retain the $1 toll we pay now. There is a need for toll bridges, but a 100 percent increase seems more like a tool to restrict our freedom of movement by forcing a “presentation of identity papers” or face steep increase in bridge toll.

It is well known that Klickitat County is among the poorest counties in Washington. This proposal will hit the poorest the hardest because they cannot afford the upfront payment for multiple bridge tolls. They will be forced to pay double what the more affluent will pay. This is just plain wrong.

It is also well known that Washington drivers have paid bridge tolls to the port for over 60 years and has done heavy lifting to finance the development of the successful and prosperous port facilities. Apparently not one cent of that money has been set aside for the construction of a new bridge, even though the need for a new bridge is always offered as justification for increased tolls. The port should reverse that flow of revenue into saving for the new bridge they claim we will need. But I also have to say that if they have not yet set aside money for a new bridge, this brings into question whether or not they really intend to ever build a new bridge.

If a new bridge is to be built, is the proposed toll increase on cash payers necessary to fund it? The port commissioners must know that most of us will be forced to switch to Breeze-by and avoid their huge toll increase.

The port should drop their cash toll increase for cars and small trucks and allow cash payers to buy into Breeze-by without having to fork over identifying information.

Dave Thies

White Salmon, Wash.

Need to know

“Why not open?” by writer Hugh Amick (Our Readers Write, Nov. 18) regarding the lack of transparency by our District Attorney John Sewell and his withholding of known Eagle Creek fire facts of public concern/interest disturbs me too.

If what Mr. Amick expresses is fact, then our primary news source should research the court records, or at least interview Mr. Sewell.

I agree with Mr. Amick in that the thousands of affected victims have the right to know something! Also, this minor didn’t plan this act of “sabotage” alone. In my opinion, it was well coordinated in planning, timing, and execution. (Think ISIS … what? … on American soil?)

On the other hand, I assume this to be an ongoing investigation which would be a “silencing” factor. However, it would be of interest to know if any electronic devices were collected as evidence, and can a minor purchase fireworks of this nature?

Alan Winans

Hood River

Focus the blame

I think it is unfair to put all the blame for the devastation of the Eagle Creek fire on the 15-year-old Vancouver boy who started it. What he did was absolutely illegal and wrong, but he did not purposely do it.

It was an accident. It seems to me that the Forest Service and other government officials are as much, if not more, to blame for their refusal to use the 747 Supertanker and other large planes to put it out quickly.

Some years back, a wing fell off a larger plane fighting a fire and crashed, killing the crew. The decision was made not to use any plane with a capacity of more than 5,000 gallons. The Supertanker carries 20,000 gallons. I have heard also that some of the owners of the helicopters used fighting these fires earn about $5,000 for every day for their helicopter that is standing by at the fire, even if it is not used always, so the longer the fire goes on, the more money they make. It is time to hold our government officials responsible for their bad decisions.

Bob Mattila

Brush Prairie, Wash.

‘We want Hood River to stay clean and amazing!’

Middle schoolers are learning about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Here’s a few letters local youngsters have sent in — words of wisdom for all ages:

Don’t smoke

Smoking is really bad for you. It can turn your lungs black. Secondhand smoke can affect your kids and they could die early because of smoke.

Also a cigarette has a lot of really bad things in it like nail polish remover, hair spray, rat poisoning and car exhaust and a lot of other gross things. A cigarette also has nicotine in it. When you start smoking one pack of cigarettes, it can right away start making your lungs black. Why would you want to put those horrible things in your lungs?

Don’t smoke.

Thea Brevard

Be aware

People in our community are targeting children and encouraging kids to do drugs. This must stop! People are re-creating gummies that attract teens and smaller kids and filling them with drugs. All parents should be aware of this issue. So remember to always look at the package of any food item before you buy it.

Daphne Campbell

Don’t do drugs

Don’t do drugs because drugs could kill you or give you cancer. I never drink any bad stuff. I saw two people smoking and I told them, “Do Not Smoke.” Do Not Smoke!

Kianaroxy Noria

Drugs in Hood River

Drugs can be used in two ways. One way is to use them poorly. Another way is to use them medically. Drugs such as cigarettes are bad for you and the environment. We want Hood River to stay clean and AMAZING. So stop and chill without a pill.

Ava Gonzales

Don’t do drugs, people

Okay, whoever is reading this should keep reading, don’t look away, keep READING! Alright, since I’ve caught your attention let’s get started.

Do not do drugs, they are bad for you. Repeat. Don’t do drugs! If you smoke then people can get second and third hand smoke from you. Smoking cigars are bad! The end.

Lily Meadows

When I’m drug-free

When I’m drug-free my pets love me!

Do you love animals? If you do, don’t smoke! When you smoke around people and animals you create third hand smoke. Residue from your smoking settles on animals and when you pet them it gets on you and other people that touch the pet. This can cause health problems for people and pets.

Avery Walker

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