Letters We should be on the side of peace
To the editor:
The show in W.H.Over Museum's Sletwold Hall, Irish Lessons, has been held over so that those who have not been able to see it will still have time. Paintings done by artist Alan Montgomery, a professor in the art department at Northern, are reflective of the tragic times in that beleaguered country.
Montgomery, who was born and raised in Ireland, has firsthand experience and knowledge of what a war-torn city looks like. He has poured into the pictures a reality that few of us have knowledge of or wish to accept. Today all over that world people are suffering the loss of home, family, flags, food.
I believe that we should face up to the fact of where these warring people are getting their munitions. Certainly, we are among the culprits. Like it or not, we have helped both sides to tear each other up, perhaps not in Ireland, but certainly in the nations of the Middle East.
Without a doubt we would suffer the loss of jobs. But at least we could say honestly that we are on the side of peace and harmony. We have always been capable of overcoming such obstacles. So I for one do not accept the notion that we would go into a great depression if the munitions manufacture would cease. Let's stand up for peace by siding with those who have already given up war.
Come to the museum before the end of the month of April and see for yourself what could happen here, more often than once, if we don't start taking our desire for peace seriously. Remember, war makes more problems than it solves.
In the center of the exhibit hall we have a few of the delightful and beautiful things of Ireland, leprechauns and linens, etc. that show a tiny glimpse of the traditional crafts of the people of Ireland. These are lent to us by Doris Potter and Maxine Johnson. Also there is a unique trunk which has recently been presented to the museum by descendants of an early Montgomery family which arrived from Ireland in 1875.
Dorothy Neuhaus, director
W. H. Over Museum
Thank you, blood donors
To the editor:
I am writing on behalf of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank of Sioux City, and to thank all who attempted to donate blood at Vermillion High School on Wednesday, April 8.
A special thanks goes out to the Vermillion High School National Honor Society, and Dr. Sharon Ross for coordinating this blood drive. Both blood banks appreciate their personal efforts and the support of Vermillion High School students, staff, and the Vermillion Community.
What an outstanding blood drive! Sixty-six volunteers attempted to donate and 57 units were collected. I have included a list of all that registered along with a new donor list. Everyone deserves to be recognized for their commitment to saving lives in Siouxland.
Kara Podany, one gallon reached this past blood drive; Kevan Cleaver, eight gallons reached this past blood drive.
Your support and donations continue to help supply blood to hospitals in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. They only way blood products are made available for area-patients is if individuals in our communities volunteer to donate on a regular basis. We are very thankful for the dedicated Vermillion-area blood donors!
Siouxland Blood Bank
Sioux City, IA
Bring on the chemicals � not!
To the editor:
Spring is here, and so is the ag chemical and the lawn and garden chemical advertising. Who hasn't seen the product names: Touchdown, Confront, Prowl, Surpass, Round up, etc., inspiring us to do battle, or tackle the problems of weeds, insects, etc.?
Who hasn't known a farmer, gardener, or lawn ethusiast with compromised health due to his or her use of one or another chemical? Worse yet, it's the children in the family who can be most affected.
Ron Rosman, who helped form Practical Farmers of Iowa, which advocates farming without the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, says in the book The American Family Farm, "I never liked working with pesticides � always knew they were dangerous. And since I've switched to rotating my crops and using composted manure, my harvests have been every bit as good."
"I'm determined to survive out here," Ron says, "And when I hear talk of the greenhouse effect � the fact that weather patterns are changing and the world is getting hotter � I am more adamant than ever that we have chosen the right course by working with nature."
And it's not just crops � organic lawns have a big advantage over chem lawns in a droughty year. They're more likely to survive!
Ron explains that organic ground can hold more water because the soil texture has a greater water holding capacity.
For more information on pesticides and herbicides and their relationship to Parkinson's, cancer, respiratory problems, etc., www.safe2use.com is one of the best Web sites I have found. Please have a safe spring.
Who's paying Bush's bills?
To the editor:
As a United States citizen and taxpayer, I would like to ask an important question which I believe hasn't been addressed regarding President Bush's upcoming visit to Sioux Falls.
Who's paying the bill?
From my understanding with the coverage on TV and in the paper, the president is coming here for one purpose: to campaign for John Thune in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Thune's decision to run for the Senate seat was largely due to political pressure coming from the White House, so it's no surprise that President Bush is now campaigning on his behalf. Seems like pretty straight forward political payback. It's also pretty clear that the president has his own motivation for having Thune in the Senate (especially after seeing how easily Mr. Thune can be manipulated). And I'm not so naive as to believe it's the best interests of South Dakota that the President's really worried about.
Aren't federal tax dollars being spent to fly President Bush and his entourage to South Dakota? And isn't this trip 100 percent political in nature? This is a situation where taxpayers have a right to know who's paying for what. While we're asking questions, perhaps someone should also ask if, in this time of international war on terrorism and escalating chaos in the Middle East, is the President's time and energy really best spent on someone else's campaign trail? For now, I'd be satisfied with a simple answer to my first question: Who's paying the bill?