Letters Thanks to blood donors

To the Editor:

I am writing on behalf of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, Sioux City, IA, to thank all who attempted to donate blood at Vermillion High School on Monday, Nov. 9. Forty-nine people registered to donate, and a total of 42 pints were collected by the Siouxland Blood Bank. That is tremendous!

A special thanks goes out to the Vermillion High School National Honor Society, Karol Brodersen, and Dr. Sharon Ross for coordinating this blood drive. The Siouxland Community Blood Bank appreciates their personal efforts and the support of the Vermillion High School students, staff and Vermillion community.

The Siouxland Community Blood Bank serves all the blood needs of our 14 area hospitals and their patients. The ONLY way blood products are made available for area-patients is if individuals in our communities volunteer to donate blood on a regular basis.

Charlie Jespersen

Donor Consultant

Bikers raise nearly $3,000

To the Editor:

Sincere appreciation to the Vermillion Community who supported the "Wheels for Life" for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A total of $2,908 was collected.

What a beautiful sight to see 42 riders leaving Jolley School and ride to Burbank on a sunny September day. One participant walked the entire route to Burbank.

The youngest rider was Michael Dendinger, and the oldest rider was Wendell Shouse. Karlis Baisden collected $476 dollars and was the recipient of the bike. Constance Kissick was runner-up and also collected the most pledges. She was the winner of the cassette jam-box and a $50 bond.

A special thanks to the Plain Talk, Broadcaster, Community First, Cor Trust, First National and First Dakota Banks for their generous contributions and assistance. Several organizations and businesses made generous donations. Pamida and The Index donated the bike.

The "Wheels of Life" event was conducted in memory of Julie Reetz.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, treats approximately 150 patients every day, mostly on an out-patient basis. Research findings and information discovered at St. Jude are freely shared with doctors and scientists all over the world.

Thank you, Vermillion! You are a caring community.

Mary Geffre Johnson

"Wheels of Life" Coordinator 1998,


Research isolates cause of dyslexia

To the Editor:

Our school's special education programs are such a drain on the system that kids are being eliminated in a "catch 22" testing system.

Our prison system is overburdened by the learning disabled who were so frustrated by the system and have such a low self-esteem that they have turned to crime.

Fortunately, most of the problems can be immediately and effectively remedied.

Research, by the Harvard Medical School in 1991 and by the University of Missouri in 1993, finally isolated the cause of dyslexia. They discovered that, in sufferers, the cells in the magno cell path of the optic nerve are malformed. The parvo cell path is normal. Therefore, some frequencies of light desynchronize the two vision paths. This can cause a variety of distortions on the page or blackboard and other problems such as headaches and poor depth perception. According to current estimates, at least 12 to 14 percent of the general population and at least 46 percent of individuals with identified learning disabilities suffer from some degree of Irlen Syndrome.

Irlen Screeners test the individual and find the colored overlays that, when placed over the page, eliminate the distortions. Later, most advance to filters that are worn as glasses.

To further research Irlen you can check the Internet. By searching under "Irlen Syndrome," "Scoptopic Sensitivity Syndrome," "dyslexia," and "the Tinted Sky" you will find many sites.

You should know, data posted prior to the publishing of the Harvard study is sometimes critical. Now most scientists agree that the Irlen system is effective.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Dan F. Horner,

Certified Screener,


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