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ANOTHER VOICE: Prevent problems on Indian Creek Trail

The following is our letter to Hood River Parks and Recreation District regarding safety concerns on the Indian Creek Trail:

ANOTHER VOICE: Forget Barrett, find a site that works

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has a well-deserved reputation for delivering a lot of public benefit on a small budget. Given that reputation, the District’s recent decision to spend $300,000 in local and state funds on a radio flyer field at its Barrett Drive property is perplexing. The district has identified ball fields as our community’s number one need while a radio flyer field doesn’t even appear on its master plan.

ANOTHER VOICE: Are those tests really necessary?

I recently attended the Safe Patient Project Summit in Yonkers, N.Y., at the headquarters of Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. I was there with other patient safety advocates, and we were introduced to the new Choosing Wisely campaign.

ANOTHER VOICE: Helping kids grow up healthy and safe

Throughout the year, Child Abuse Intervention Centers in Oregon play a critical role in making our state a place that prioritizes the health and safety of children. There are close to 70,000 reports of abuse and neglect each year in Oregon, and almost half of all victims of abuse are under the age of 6.

ANOTHER VOICE: Mistrust, discrimination influence Latino health care satisfaction

Mistrust of the medical community and perceived discrimination by health care providers can affect how satisfied young adult Latinos in rural Oregon are with their health care, new research from Oregon State University shows.

ANOTHER VOICE: Keep safe access to marijuana for those who really need it

The question of whether Hood River County should impose a moratorium on the opening of legal medical marijuana dispensaries is coming before the County Commissioners on April 21.

ANOTHER VOICE: Coal export doesn’t belong on our river

Hood River is world-renowned as a recreation destination. We have tourists coming to our town from across the country and around the world — it is a unique and special place. Recreation is a significant component of Hood River’s economic makeup, and not just for people who make it part of their business like I do.

Young Voices: Hawks strengthen bonds despite State hoops disappointment

The Horizon Christian Varsity basketball team went to state for the fourth time in a row this year. I was luckily enough to be part of the amazing experience.

ANOTHER VOICE: OSU ranks seventh worldwide in agriculture and forestry

CORVALLIS – Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking seventh in a new international survey of more than 200 schools.

Another Voice: District can brag, yet schools must also lift

When my superintendent peers across the state ask me, “So, how’s it going so far in Hood River County?” I can’t help but smile as I explain what most folks around here already know — we have an amazingly committed community and an amazingly committed school staff. Honestly, with a combination like that, the future looks bright for the Hood River County School District.

ANOTHER VOICE: Childhood is not refundable

In response to the article “Schools Count on Students” (Feb. 19): Is absenteeism from kindergarten the real problem? It is concerning that we are more “worried” about kids missing school vs. missing their childhood. Are we worried that they may perform poorly on the next state exam and truly “fall behind”? Under whose criteria is “behind”?

ANOTHER VOICE: Odell: Measure before you cut

Feb. 14 is the deadline for commenting on the County’s initial presentation for drawing a boundary for the Unincorporated Community of Odell. We appreciate the time and resources the county has put into the presentation and now is a critical time to voice your opinions, concerns and visions for the future of Odell as it will affect our whole Valley.

ANOTHER VIEW: Baseball and governors: Three strikes and you’re out

Oregon has become a national joke, as the much-ballyhooed Cover Oregon health care website rollout has ground to a halt. This grand fiasco was brought to you by the governor’s staff, with his explicit approval.

Lava Restoration: Sound science and collaboration

ANOTHER VOICE

As a forester, I want and need to see and understand the reasons for cutting trees, before I can agree and/or recommend a forest restoration project on National Forest System Lands. That’s why, when I retired a few years ago, I began to attend and participate in the Hood River Collaborative Stewardship Crew meetings and field trips.

ANOTHER VOICE: Responsible gun owners support background checks

We are Oregon gun owners, sportsmen, hunters and outdoorsmen. We believe in common sense efforts to reduce gun violence and promote gun safety. We strongly support legislation to require universal background checks when purchasing a firearm.