Letters A very bad sign

To the editor:

Speaking of signs � a very bad sign, pun intended, has been installed on the Vermillion lamp post pointing directly into the Methodist Church Sunday School building, identifying it as The Winery!

There is no street there and no explanation as to the sign's purpose, but such an identification of a church long famous for its temperance position is insulting.

If one business can post its name whereever it pleases, all businesses should have equal rights, and every street lamp should be identified as some city business, no matter whose house, business or institution it was pointed toward.

Kathleen Block


LPNs important

To the editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to share some information regarding the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Patient care and safety have always been at the forefront of the LPN's role. LPNs provide bedside care and are able to react to changes in a patient's condition either independently or in collaboration with the Registered Nurse (RN) and other medical professionals.

Frequently, we hear where patients relate experiences of not seeing a nurse or do not know the qualifications of the person who is providing care to them. Length of stay within healthcare facilities and revenue and profits have become a predominant way of determining the care provided. LPNs have long been a cost effective way for facilities to provide direct, safe, and effective nursing care.

Safe patient care needs to return to be the driving force within healthcare, rather than revenue and profits. Putting LPNs, a bedside professional, back at the bedside in hospital settings can enhance patient care delivery and recognition of adverse changes in a patient's condition more rapidly, thereby decreasing complications, the length of hospital stays, the cost of healthcare for the patient and the institution, and insurance companies.

We encourage the citizens of this state to recognize the importance of bedside nursing and to help change the direction of healthcare away from profits and revenue and back to patient care being the focus.

As we see more Practical Nursing education programs opening, we need to encourage healthcare providers to utilize LPNs in all settings. Patients, it may be your mother, father, or child, need to have nursing care at the bedside and healthcare institutions owe it to the people of S.D. to provide that bedside nursing care.

Thank you for your time.

Sheila Moehring

President, Board of Directors, South Dakota Licensed Practical Nurses Association, Blunt


To the editor:

June and November elections give citizens the opportunity to make significant change in their government. When citizens are wooed by politicians and deceived by the media, often the real problems are ignored or omitted. Programs which promise more money to our seniors and subsidies to our farmers all sound good. But someone has to pay the bill, and it's not authorized by the U.S. Constitution.

But for some, "who pays attention to the Constitution, it's outdated � Right!" If it were not for the second Amendment, a takeover would be eminent, and without the Fourth, the ability to do work at a business would be censored, and of course we all know about the First or should.

So when the campaigning comes our way, and when the talk sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Maybe we need to tell the candidates there is more unemployment, fewer factories and more inflation since we started the move to NAFTA and FTAA.

Remember to vote, this election and tell, fax, or e-mail your Congressperson to stop the FTAA. Do someting, that's what makes republic government work.


Connie Fagerhaug


Thank our teachers

To the residents of Vermillion:

The Vermillion PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is just finishing up its second year as a chapter, and we are very excited about celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week coming up May 4-7. We are fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated teachers in Vermillion who inspire students to love learning � our children speak highly of them every day.

We will be hosting a breakfast for teachers at each building in the school district during Teacher Appreciation Week and have assisted the students in writing letters of appreciation to their teachers. If you have a child just starting out in elementary or already looking ahead to graduation, please take the time to thank their teachers. You may want to write personal note of thanks, have your child give them a flower or home-made gift, or make a point of telling a teacher personally how he/she has made a difference in your child's life. For those of us whose school days are just lingering memories, it might be nice to look up a former teacher and say, "Thanks for helping me become the person I am today."

We thank you all in advance for your support and willingness to help honor our teachers.


Susan Richardson

(PTA Recognition Chair)

Lisa Swanson

(PTA President)

Dear 4th grade class of 2004,

I want to tell you why you want Mr. Mart as a teacher. He is the funniest teacher and the best teacher ever! He makes me laugh all the time and has a great personality. So far he is my favorite teacher. He really helps you understand everything so well.

He is a father. He probably is a good one, too. He also takes teasing easily because sometimes I tease him about being or getting old. He makes us have the best time at school. That is why my day ends well. He is the most magnificent teacher ever! And he does everything fairly. You sure want Mr. Mart as a teacher.



Dear Mrs. Ronning,

You are the best teacher I've had yet! You are also funny, too, and you make it worth going to school. And you seem to have all the pillars from Character Counts. And you always listen to me which makes me happy and feel like I mean something to you. No teacher was never as nice as you. You always inspire my creative self.

Your friend,


Dear Mrs. Meyers,

I will never forget you. You are the smartest teacher in the world. You should get a raise.



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