Our Readers Respond

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

Patience is best weapon


Like almost every one else, I'm glad to see Saddam Hussein gone. But I don't agree with President Bush's "go it alone" policy. And the increase in the national debt bothers me a great deal. We've destroyed a country and now it's our financial and moral responsibility to rebuild it.

George W. should have taken a page from the book written by fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan. In Reagan's presidency we were in danger every bit as much as we were now. The Soviet Union did have weapons of mass destruction. They had nuclear weapons, and Mr. Reagan didn't take it into war. He was patient and used words to battle the situation. (Evil has a way of destroying itself, as it did then.)

No, I don't feel safer now than I did before the Iraqi war. Iraqis are still killing Iraqis. Our soldiers are still getting maimed and killed. And we're still looking over our shoulders, wondering about terrorist attacks. And even friendly Moslem countries question us. We have fewer friends in that part of the world than we did.

I think our president took us in the wrong direction.

- Mel Suhr, Storm Lake

'Thank you' has meaning


I have lived and worked in this town for 33 years or more. I stayed at the same place working there for this amount of years. When I was being brought up I was taught to say the words thank you, please, you're welcome, etc. I was also taught when I got older at home to work hard, do your job the best you can, stay out of trouble, and do what you were told to do.

What I mean by all of this, is that it doesn't do any good at some places where a person works. A thank you once in a while does a person good to hear, no matter where it comes from. It could be a person in an office or even a foreman. I know a lot of people who are no longer with us and I wonder how many thank you's they got. These are the people who had heart attacks, got an illness, had cancer, or even the ones who got laid off or whatever. I know from my point of view I can remember very very few. What does it hurt to take an hour once every three months to have a meeting and look the person in the eye and give them a hand shake and say thanks for all the hard work you're doing. Without you people working for me, this place wouldn't be going as good as it is.

These are the ones who are breathing in smoke, fumes, dirt, dust, etc. Not everyone wants to shoot the B.S. just to stay on the good side of someone running the place. The people who can't do this but work hard, don't say much and do their job day in and day out shouldn't be left out. I recall some years back, my machine broke and when I went to get parts for it and a certain person stopped me and said, "We know you're always working cause we hear your machine running. You always try to fix it yourself and that helps us out so we don't have to work on it and we don't have to babysit you." He shook my hand and said, "Thank you you're doing a great job back there." He wasn't even the foreman or the maintenance man, but he did have an office beside the foreman.

Boy that made me feel good. My point to all of this is to say thank you to everyone and treat everyone alike. This can go a long ways and make people feel good about themselves, no matter if there are just a few people working for you or 100, it doesn't take that long to do this. You would be surprised how that would help the morale of people working for you. I also think people working a long length of time should be recognized by some kind of reward or something that they can show their kids and grandkids for how many years they put in a place.

It's too late for some of us, but it it's never to late to start to think about all of this. Maybe in the future some of the places will realized that it is the hard working people outside of the office to keep things going. I personally never even got a handshake saying thank you for all the years or a letter in the mail saying thanks. It would have made me feel better. I know people who left before me are no longer with us. In the short amount of life we have on this earth, too many didn't get anything to show their families and grandchildren for their working. Of course, all of this is just my opinion!

- Donny Nolte, Storm Lake

Traveling camper's view


We read with interest the letter from the Iehls about how bad a reservation system is. They only live a few miles from the Storm Lake Campground and so can get there on a Thursday evening or at a good time on Friday. Those of us that want to camp in Storm Lake and live 120 miles away and can't leave until 4 or 5 p.m. on Friday cannot be assured of a spot and certainly most times we get relegated to the back row. It is nice to be able to pick a good spot once in a while. We do camp at Storm Lake several times a summer.

I agree that campers spend money when we camp, however, out of the area campers bring new money to the area, not just recycle what already is in the area. Tourism is an important industry for any community and I would think you would like to bring in out of the area tourists and spend the money they spend. We seldom camp any place that we can't get a reserved spot as we don't want to drive for an hour or two and find we can't get a spot or get the back row.

Maybe there is a problem or two with the new system, but we hope that it continues making it easier for us out of the area campers to also enjoy Storm Lake.

- Howard and Marlene Parrott, Garner