Readers Respond

Monday, September 12, 2005

Letter to the Pilot

Why is DNR spending big on buying land?


I have repeatedly contacted the DNR for more law enforcement in the state to stop the lawlessness connected with deer hunting seasons. The answer I continue to get is, 'Sorry, we have budget constraints.'

Budget constraints only seem to affect law enforcement, park maintenance and water quality. Here are just three examples of the money the DNR doesn't have budget constraints on. They involve land acquisition. In Calhoun County they paid $250,000 for 10 acres, $90,000 in Story County for two acres and $1,243,500 for two acres in Cerro Gordo County. What makes 14 acres worth $1,593,500.

The DNR would have us believe if they owned more poison ivy, mosquito-infested recreation areas the exodus of Iowa citizens to other states would stop. It's a known fact that young people leave and go to larger cities with more job opportunities while older people on fixed incomes migrate to states with little or no state income tax. They want to keep more of their money in their own pockets rather than having to fund the DNR's excessive spending habits. Lower taxes might keep some of them from moving; more recreation areas will not.

Record numbers of Iowans are uninsured. The list of bankruptcies gets larger and Iowa is now number one in home foreclosures, yet the DNR continues to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to buy additional land. That land has one purpose - to provide more hunting areas. It has nothing to do with recreation.

- Merle D. Wilson Jesup

It's life and death


The amount of time it takes to transport a person with a medical emergency from our hospital to a distant medical center is often a life or death matter.

On June 30 I experienced a medical emergency requiring transport to Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge for remedial heart repair. The amount of permanent damage to heart muscle as a result of heart attack depends on how quickly the heart is relieved of artery blockage. Time is critical!

I was very fortunate to receive excellent medical attention at our hospital in preparation for the transport to Fort Dodge, within 10 minutes after initial pain of a heart attack. But there will be (and have been) medical emergencies where a 30 minute delay in getting to the airport to meet an air ambulance is simply not acceptable. A life will be lost!

The air ambulance helicopter must be allowed to land adjacent to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The recent removal of a house has expanded the space available for helicopter landing to the extent there is no longer any reason to place additional risk on lives because of the 30 plus minutes of getting a patient to the airport for air ambulance service.

- Glen Huntington, Storm Lake