Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Public pool is not a personal spa

To the editor:

Recently the Plain Talk has printed several editorials from concerned citizens expressing their displeasure with how the Vermillion City Pool is run. I would like to set the record straight. So far there have been two complaints that the pool has been cheating children out of their summer fun by closing the pool too early. Closing the pool due to poor attendance is not some lifeguard conspiracy against the children of Vermillion, instead the city council has authorized such an action to avoid having more guards than swimmers.

It is up to the manager to decide how many swimmers warrant keeping the pool open and nine out of 10 times the pool is kept open longer in the event that more swimmers should appear. Further, it is in the guards' best interest to keep the pool open so they can earn their hourly wages. Remember, the guards are at the pool to earn money, not to work on their tans as an earlier complaint from a lap swimmer suggested.

To say the pool manager is a close friend of mine would be an understatement and I know that the editorial hurt not only her feelings, but also the staff's as well. Tonight I heard how an angry lap swimmer complained about having to swim the width of the pool rather than the length of the pool. Why would the staff do such a thing? Because they were trying to accommodate the local swim team, several swimming lessons, and an aqua-aerobics class in addition to the lap swimmers.

Another lap swimmer complained that the other pool patrons were making the water too "choppy" for her to swim comfortably. The final straw came when I heard how a woman complained that the water coming down the slide was causing too much current while she was swimming laps. The slide had been turned on at the end of a lesson so some children could enjoy a few quick rides before they left.

Either the pool patrons of Vermillion conduct a study of the correlations between swimming and incessant complaining or they just learn to share. I tip my hat to the lifeguards, the pool manager, and those who agree the pool does a good job.

Ross Wright


Start thinking about our future

To the editor:

Most people today are so busy with their everyday lives that they don't have time to think about the future. We get so busy with our jobs, errands, and evening activities that we don't have the chance to plan for the following day, let alone plan for the months ahead. Before we realize, the days will turn into months, and November will be here. At that time, some farmers may be finishing with the harvest, and other South Dakotans will be preparing for the winter months.

This November will be like no other in recent history. We as South Dakotans will be forced with a major decision: vote in who we think will be the best persons to lead our state. It may seem a long way off, but it will be here before we know it.

We need to start thinking about our future and the leadership of South Dakota. I strongly encourage everyone to think about the candidates chosen to lead South Dakota at least once a day by reading the local newspaper, listening to the radio, or watching television. If you educate yourself now, voting for the right candidates to lead our state will be an easier decision in November.

The more we think about our future, the better prepared we will be to accept what that future has planned for us.

Elizabeth Miller


Johnson fighting domestic violence

To the editor:

I would like to point out something about Sen. Tim Johnson of which some people may not be aware. He is one of the biggest advocates in Congress for the fight against domestic violence. He has been a leader in this area dating back to when he was a South Dakota state senator where he authored the first law in South Dakota that helped found domestic violence shelters.

Today, in the U.S. Senate, Tim is widely regarded as a leader in protecting the rights of victims of domestic violence and he is responsible for securing the funding that helps keep dozens of abuse shelters open across this state. Domestic violence is not just political rhetoric for Johnson; his actions have made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of South Dakota families.

I support Tim Johnson for many reasons, not the least of which is his work to protect families from domestic abuse. I know I can count on him to stand up for the needs of South Dakotans in Washington.

Peggy Cooper


Insulted by negative ads

To the editor:

I am upset by the negative ads that John Thune is running. The upcoming election is important for all South Dakotans, and the decisions the citizens make will be based upon the issues that we, as South Dakotans, are concerned about. Instead of recognizing that, Thune chooses to criticize his opponent, Tim Johnson, by running negative ads. Every time I turn on the radio, I have to hear these negative, insulting ads. They are just wrong.

Thune's negative strategy is an insult to all South Dakotans as responsible citizens who care about issues instead of mud-slinging. Tim Johnson understands that South Dakotans deserve better. I'm going to vote for someone who cares about the issues instead of someone who tries to win the election by insulting the citizens of South Dakota. I'm voting for Tim Johnson.

Ardiss S. Dwyer


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