Our Readers Respond

Monday, June 7, 2004

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the e-mail...


Thanks to all my friends who sent me such important emails in 2003! It's so wonderful that you included me in your quest to inform!

Because of all of you:

I stopped drinking Coca-Cola after I found out that it's good for removing toilet stains.

I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS.

I smell awful, but thank goodness I stopped using deodorant because they cause cancer.

I don't leave my car in any parking lot even though I sometimes have to walk about seven blocks, for fear that someone might drug me with a perfume sample and then try to rob me.

I also stopped answering the phone for fear that they will ask me to dial a stupid number and then I get a phone bill from hell with calls to Uganda, Singapore and Tokyo.

I stopped consuming several foods for fear that the estrogen they contain may turn me gay.

I also stopped eating chicken and hamburgers because they are nothing more than horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers that are bred in a lab so that places like McDonalds can sell their Big Macs.

I also stopped drinking anything out of a can for fear that I will get sick from the rat feces and urine.

When I go to parties, I now don't mix with anybody, for fear that someone will take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a bathtub full of ice.

I donated all my savings to the Amy Bruce account. That poor sick girl that was about to die in the hospital. Funny thing, she never seems to get any older ...

I went bankrupt from bounced checks that I made, expecting the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL were supposed to send me when I participated in their special e-mail program.

It's weird, though, that my new free cell phone never arrived, and neither did the passes for my paid vacation to Disneyland.

But I am positive that all this is because of the chain I broke or forgot to follow and I got a curse from hell.


If you don't send this e-mail to at least 1200 people in the next ten seconds, a bird will crap on you today at 7 PM.

- Passed along by Maryau Carver and Byron Crippin, Storm Lake, via, of course, e-mail

Narrow-mindedness is the enemy, not a casino


When we were growing up, our parents taught us right from wrong; to share, play nice, respect others and to not hurt anyone along the way.

This laid the foundation to our moral make-up. When we reached (or will be reaching) our adulthood, we keep those small words of "advice" to heart: Follow the law, be kind and respectful to your elders, say thank you and be true to yourself. I think, on the whole, we are a community of strong individuals, giving strength to our City Beautiful. So, what I don't understand are statements made in round-table discussion by people who believe they know what's good for our community, about things going on in our

community like, "Hotshots will undermine the moral fabric of our community" or "Casinos are wrong. They hurt people both economically and socially," and so forth. Are we, as a community, that lost from our own moral identity that we need someone else to tell us what is right and wrong? What's good for us and what will hurt us? Did we forget those little words of "advice?"

The road to ruin is paved with good intentions and, in my opinion, if we follow these "opinions" we WILL be undermined.

Though, I cannot fill my rhetorics with facts and figures, the most outstanding fact is that we are graced with the greatest gift God has given to us... Choice. The power to take what we have learned, to use it, to stumble, to get up, to stay down, to charge foward, to retreat. That gives us the strength in our morals.

Don't get me wrong, there are those who DO fall under the catagory of having a "problem." And those that do, need help. And whether there is a strip club, bar, church or otherwise, they will find a means to exercise their shortcomings. But, we are a tight community. And, I belive, we have more than enough good natured individuals who are willing to help... It's our duty as a community.

My position on the Casino or Hotshots or even Church Bingo, is not important. My position is for the City Beautiful to continue to be the City Beautiful. If it is the dazzling night lights of the riverboat twinkling on a moon-lit lake or not, we will prosper. And our first step in these issues is this... there are no issues, if we belive in our conviction.

If it doesn't play nice, leave; If it is nice, play with moderation and consideration of others. Simple. Let's not judge...

And in the end, we pass these strong convictions on to our kids, then the temptation isn't so tempting...

If we are truly a strong community, it will make no shade of difference if there is a casino or not, for we will always be Storm Lake, The City the Beautiful made beautiful by us, not the casino.

- Roland Gerodias, Storm Lake