Letters Deep gratitude

To the editor:

We would like to express our deep gratitude for your help in the Bike-A-Thon coordinated by Ms. Jane Luxem. This event was very successful and raised over $603.

Your kind and generous donation will help ensure a healthy future for children who must battle cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Care for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is provided at no cost to the family, and research that is used to set new protocols and raise cure rates is shared freely throughout the world. The hope of St. Jude exists thanks to people like you.

On behalf of the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, thank you for your commitment.


Jackie Harris


St. Jude Children's

Research Hospital

Memphis, TN

Boy Scout truly made of "right stuff"

To the editor:

Something very disturbing happened to my son on Veterans' Day. He had been participating, along with other local Boy Scouts, in a ceremony at the W.H. Over Museum commemorating the sacrifices made by the many soldiers who have served to defend and protect our country. He was walking home from that ceremony when two young men honked to get his attention and then "flipped him off."

I know that the behavior of these two young men is typical of neither college nor high school students, but his impression was that the two young men were college students. Regardless of their age, they obviously did not like that he was wearing a Boy Scout uniform.

I find it hard to believe that anyone, regardless of their feelings about the Boy Scouts as an organization, would stoop to mistreating an 11-year-old.

I'm proud of my son that his response was to NOT respond "in kind" � that he showed his integrity by simply walking away. I'm touched by the fact that during this day when we commemorate bravery, my son, in some small way, showed that he, too, is made of the "right stuff."

Sharon Gray


Let's work for common good

My Dear Mr. Lias:

The attack on you mentioned in your editorial of the Nov. 12 Plain Talk was one more sickening thing about this past election. Also the venom spouted and the horrendous amount of money spent by both parties.

It is time everyone started remembering we are one nation hopefully working for the common good. Let's all show some of the touted Christian charity one to another.


Carroll Colwell


Listen for inging bells

To the editor:

It is that time of year again, when in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the sights of the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles and the sound of the bells remind us to be thankful for what we have and to think of others less fortunate. Often when people think of those in need, they picture the homeless in large cities, not realizing the Salvation Army is hard at work here in the Vermillion community.

As cuts in social services takes a toll on the poor � particularly the rural poor � the Salvation Army unit in Vermillion is asking for our community support through the Christmas Kettle campaign which will be located at HyVee and Jones' Food Store. All the funds received will stay in the community and help provide utility assistance, nourishment, and shelter for Vermillion residents all year long. We expect an even greater demand for services this year, and need your support more than ever.

By donating to the red kettles or offering your time to bell ring, means next year we can give a renewed chance or even a brighter future for many in our community. If you have questions about Salvation Army services or are able to bell ring, please contact Devon Davoux at 624-8809.

May God bless you!


Devon Davoux,

Bell-Ringing Chairperson

Thank you, Mr. Upward

To the editor:

My name is David Plume, I am 5 years old and started kindergarten this year.

I just want to say THANK YOU to my principal, Mr. Upward � he is the BEST!! This can be a very stressful time for a child of my age.�As busy as my principal is, with all that he does every day, he has taken the�time each morning to make me feel safe and cared�for while�here at school.

It is the little things, such as this, that make a big difference in a�little person's life. Thank you, Mr. Upward.��

David Plume


Thanks for successful event

To the editor:

The Sertoma Club would like to, a little belatedly, thank everyone involved in making the community Halloween party a great success. A sincere thanks to the members of Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Nu for all there preparation and showing the kids a great time.

Sertoma and Pump 'N Pak made sure there was an abundance of candy, the Vermillion Theatres happily provided popcorn to get the party started, and Hy-Vee generously supplied "trick-or-treat" bags for gathering the goodies. Of course, it wouldn't be a party without the community, so thank you all for joining us!

Maureen Burton, Ph.D.


Save box tops

To the editor:

We really want people to help the elementary schools by saving box tops. They are located on the top of boxes. They will help our schools get money. You can take them to Hy-Vee or Jones' and put them in the box tops box.

We'll use the money to buy books, better playground equipment, and book awards. You should do it to help us learn. Please, we love to learn. If you help you'll be a good citizen. So what do you say? Will you be a good citizen?

Dylan Weidman

Third Grade Student


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