Letters to the Pilot

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Help for health in Iraq, but none at home


The Bush administration and the Republican Congress are making a gift of 87 billion dollars to Iraq. Of that $87 billion, $540 million is earmarked for health care. I heard on the radio this morning. Medicare premiums of seniors in this country are going up 12 percent in 2004. Veteran benefits are being cut. People in this country are forced to turn to Canada to get drugs they can afford. It's time for a change in leadership.

Presidential Candidate Governor Howard Dean has the experience and leadership required to govern our country and bring quality healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans. He has the best plan for America, has shown a willingness to make tough decisions when necessary, and will carry out his plans responsibly with an eye toward serving regular Americans like you and me.

- Mel Grundmeier, Storm Lake

Lights On after school


Thank you Storm Lake!

Thursday October 9 was the national "Lights On Afterschool" event celebrated in over 6,000 communities in the United States. Storm Lake elementary and middle schools participated with open houses at each of the schools. Many children, parents, business and community leaders attended the Lights On Afterschool events at Storm Lake elementary schools and middle school. These events emphasize the importance of keeping afterschool programs' lights on and doors open.

Storm Lake Lights On Afterschool participants saw students perform, explain displays, and engaged in activities.

The Tornado Learning Club Afterschool Program and The Elementary Tornado Academy opened with a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education Although both grants have expired, together they continue to serve over 300 children each day, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and activities in science, drama, art, sports, recreation, mathematics, and dozens of other subjects. The programs collaborate with Buena Vista University, CommUNITY Education, and many area businesses and community services.

Lights On Afterschool! is a nationwide event to recognize the critical importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families and their communities.

Thank you to the following who helped make Lights On Afterschool! the success that it was:

Storm Lake Jaycees

JC Penney



Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Boy Scout Troop 103 and leader Chuck MacDonald

Storm Lake Pilot Tribune

Storm Lake Times


Donna Queen, Director, Tornado Learning Club

Lynn Redenbaugh, Director, Elementary Tornado Academy

Amanda Smith, ETA site coordinator-North & East Elementary Schools

Erica McAtee, ETA site coordinator - West Elementary School

Jill Jackson. ETA site coordinator-South Elementary School