Letters We still look at garbage

To the editor:

I was on the Internet and clicked on the Plain Talk. I read the story about Matthew Williams' yard and his building permit.

I remember him asking for the lights to be turned down at the apartments. Just after that Gregg Peters was going to build an Ace Hardware and the city a liquor store.

My husband and I were asked if we agreed on the building of the stores with the back of it facing our home.

My husband and I said we wanted the back of Ace Hardware and the north side of Jones' Foods to be cleaned up, which means no garbage, no dumpsters, no flower stands, and also no pallets. Basically clean up the junk. We also asked Gregg Peters and the city to landscape the back of Ace Hardware and the north side of Jones' Foods so it's eye appealing.

The city moved their recyclable container to the front of the liquor store. But the city council and Farrell Christensen said "We can't tell people to clean up their yards. We can't make them do it." To me, the mess across the street is a nuisance. It degrades our neighborhood.

I reminded the city council of the elderly gentleman's car that was towed off his property by Farrell Christensen.

So after all my efforts of a year and a half, we still look at garbage and I was told "I'm sorry you live in a commercial area."

Good luck Matthew. I guess it depends on who you are in Vermillion.

Lois J. Getzin


First Responders answer the call

To the editor:

This is National Emergency Medical Services Week, a celebration honoring approximately 750,000 EMS providers nationwide who deliver lifesaving emergency care.

This year's EMS Week theme, "Answering the Call," speaks to the unwavering commitment EMS personnel make to be available at all times to serve the needs of their community. The majority of Paramedics, EMTs and First Responders throughout the region are volunteers. They volunteer their time and make tremendous personal and professional sacrifices to be able to answer the call.

In an effort to maintain their professional skills, EMS personnel must consistently take educational courses costing both time and money. These volunteers deal with the stresses associated with emergencies, life threatening situations, and sometimes death. Their dedication and willingness to sacrifice for their community saves the lives of many.

The EMS system is a vital public service. National EMS Week is an excellent opportunity for us to thank the hundreds of dedicated Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, and Emergency Department personnel who serve our vast southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska region.

Thank you Wakonda First Responders for answering the call.

Christy Hauer

Avera Health Community Service Grant Coordinator

Emergency Department

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital


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