Our Readers Respond

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

Response to a lawsuit against Storm Lake clinic


I would like to send my sympathies to my colleagues for apparently not trying hard enough to resist an apparent legal order from the county attorney and signed by a judge. Trying to practice appropriate and compassionate medicine obviously gets in the way from being intricately familiar with the legal system.

- Dr. Bruce Vander Kooi, Storm Lake

No control on casinos


I admire the passion in those who seek to renovate the Cobblestone. I have read and heard many stories about the "Cobb," and its uniqueness to our community. My concern is with the latest proposal to preserve the Cobblestone. When the gambling referendum comes before the voters of BV County there will be no mention of Lakeside or the Cobblestone. All it will say is: Shall the following measure be adopted? Yes or No; Gambling games on an excursion gambling boat in Buena Vista County are approved.

We as the voters of BV County will not be determining where the casino(s) go, only on whether to allow casino gambling in our county. In fact the voters of BV County will have no say in where or how many casinos will come to BV County if this potential gambling referendum passes. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has that power. So this is an issue that is not just a concern for Storm Lake/Lakeside, because there are more areas of water in BV County than just Storm Lake.

All the voters of BV County should be concerned about this potential referendum and I urge you to vote No on the casiNO.

- Jim Hofman, Storm Lake

A passion for change


As a recent Buena Vista University graduate, I am constantly

questioning and thinking about my place in the community and my role in society. I know my diploma stands for more than my Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and graphic design; it represents the knowledge I've gained and my responsibility to use that awareness to make a difference.

Last fall, I learned of Gene Blanshan's candidacy for Iowa's

Fifth District Congress seat and his need for young adults to help with his campaign. After meeting Gene, I knew I wanted to both support and be part of his campaign.

In a recent written statement about the physical and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Iowa's current Fifth District Congressman, Steve King, compared the treatment of the prisoners to hazing. True, Iraqi soldiers have treated American soldiers in similar, and even worse ways, but does that justify the actions of the American abusers? Should we follow the example of Iraqi soldiers?

Gene Blanshan disagrees with King's remarks. Blanshan understands that the implications of these actions will only put a bad mark on America.

Governor Tom Vilsack spoke at my commencement and in his address, he challenged the graduates and the audience to be passionate in something and use that passion to change the world; to make a difference.

We need a Congressman who is passionate about the district, the state, the nation, and the world...

- Hannah Campbell, Storm Lake

Helping the SL firefighters


The Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters is made up of a wide variety of people that are your neighbors, friends, and/or relatives. We could be your pharmacist, electrician, plumber, carpenter, delivery person, mechanic, or work at any other job for our livelihood. But we are also your Volunteer Firefighters. In the past year, the Fire Department has responded to approximately 222 fire calls, as well as attending once a week training exercises or services duty. We may be called out to assist you at any time of the day or night. When your call does come during a family meal, on a weekend, school event, or special holiday, we come to your aid without hesitation. It is what we are trained to do and we do so without question.

In the years past, the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters have spent many extra hours going door to door selling dance tickets to raise needed money. Beginning in 2001 instead of a dance, we sent letters asking Storm Lake residents to send their donations directly to the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters. Due to the success of our letter writing campaign in the past years, we are asking you do to the same this year.

These donations are used to purchase dress uniforms, fire prevention materials for elementary students, smoke detectors for the elderly, grave markers and flowers for the deceased firefighters of Storm Lake, and firefighter dues for statewide convention. Also your donation may be used to help purchase new furniture or appliances for the Fire Department, pay annual dues to the Iowa Fire Association and provide a monthly subscription to the Smoke Eater magazine. Some of the proceeds raised in the past allowed the firefighters to donate funds toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera and a chain saw used for ventilation. These donations combined with donations from local businesses allow us to purchase some equipment without the use of taxpayer fund.

The Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters sincerely thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Donations may be sent to: Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters,

820 Oneida Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588

- Members of the Storm Lake

Volunteer Firefighters