Readers Respond

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Letters To The Editor

Put Iowa teacher pay in perspective

To The Editor:

This A.M. I heard a request from a teacher wanting us to contact our legislators about a raise in teacher's pay in Iowa. Iowa is 41st on the teachers pay scale.

Let me tell you about the advantages of teaching in Iowa. 1. Teachers can remain close to home and family. 2. There is less violence. 3. There are fewer gangs. 4. There is less population. 5. People are more friendly and tolerant. 6. Some/more parents are involved in the child's education 7. We have a more moderate climate.

Teachers in Iowa are fortunate to have a job in Iowa.

We helped educate two teachers, they are both teaching in El Paso, Texas. We are lucky to see them once a year.

So when teachers in Iowa complain about low pay, remember the advantages. Plus there are 49 other states to teach in. And there are probably 20-30 applicants waiting for that job of yours.

- Ann M. Thomas, Storm Lake

Keep technology on - and in - the earth

To The Editor:

Regarding the coal mine distasters: In this high tech world, just briefly, just an idea.

Doctors are able to go inside a patient via a tiny wire/take video with a TV camera attached and be able to view the condition of a specific organ (heart) and diagnose treatment, if any, without opening the chest cavity. Been there. After viewing and making a diagnostic decision on a deceased organ (gall bladder) without opening that area except a small hole where the tube is inserted and the problem is removed. Been there also. Fantastic things!

Isn't it possible then, for someone(s) with that kind of brain to figure out a way to put down a point into the earth to where the coal deposit is (with a camera on the point). Enlarge the opening then put down the piece to burrow underground through the coal, making packets, filled with coal. Put down a robot(s) to do the work needed inside the mine and to alert topside where to drill holes atop the packets and then coal may be spewed out topside for the humans to transport away. So, I don't have all the details, what do I know, but there has to be a better way!

P.S. - Man on the moon, unmanned spacecraft sent to land lightyears away. For what? Please, let's use our technology to devise ways to make man safer on and under the earth.

- Chris Widman, Storm Lake

Too caucasian to get a job?

To the Editor:

I didn't use to be considered a prejudice person but being unemployed for a year I find myself getting that way. I moved back to Storm Lake in September because I had searched for work in Sioux City for seven months and was unable to find work and was forced to move back in with my parents and have been actively seeking work here.

But the situation is worse as I am unable to speak Spanish; I applied at Tyson's for a job doing cleaning and chemicals as I have a chemical handlers license. I thought that would not be hard but a Latino untrained unexperienced came in to apply the same day - that person got the job. Why did I go to school and get an education and spend a lot of money for an untrained inexperienced person to get the job? It doesn't make sense to me. In Storm Lake in order to get a job in a convenience store, I have to speak Spanish. We are a long ways from Mexico.

I know what blacks went through in the civil rights movement. Do I as a white person need to be another Martin Luther King Jr.? At one time I could quit a job and have another the same day, not any more. I become angry when I hear how we should protect all the illegals, who don't pay taxes and spend their money in Mexico and now they want to be able to claim Social Security when they get old and are sent back to Mexico because they are illegal. I am in full agreement with the new immigration laws which include the rule that an employer cannot get a tax credit unless a person has a legal right to work in the USA and I really don't think it will hurt our country to send illegals back. It will create jobs for people like me born in the United States.

I also agree with the laws that if a illegal comes to the USA to have their baby that child is not automatically a U.S. citizen.

I only received food stamps of $152 a month. I can not get any other assistance as I have been told many times a white female should be be able to get a job.

Thank you very kindly and I hope you can answer this letter in a way that will help me resolve these feelings of being discriminated against because of my race. I want to stop the anger I am feeling.

- Pat B., Storm Lake

Roe vs. Wade: nothing to celebrate

To The Editor:

It was 33 years ago on Monday, January 23, 1973 that the selective demise of the unborn child became the law of the land.

I almost forgot that in some circles the child in the womb is referenced as a glob of tissue or a fetus. A deceptive semantic play on words I would say. It is interesting to note that fetus is a Latin word meaning offspring. Webster's New World Dictionary defines offspring as a child or children. Come to think about it, I don't believe I have ever heard a mother say she was expecting a glob of tissue or a fetus.

It has been estimated that 50 million children have been aborted since l973. Maybe that explains why we have a shortage of numbers in our workforce.

It is conceivable that one of those children might have discovered a cure for cancer or AIDS. I am thankful that Louis Pasteur and Jonas Salk were not aborted.

Mother Theresa lived her entire adult life caring for the feeble and sick. This is what she had to say about the barbaric procedure. "America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasing fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest gifts - a child - as a competitor, an intrusion, and inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands and sexual partners.

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."

She was a wise and compassionate lady.

- Jim Treat, Storm Lake

Messages of hate in Iowa

To The Editor:

In response to the ten men marching back and forth on the sidewalk in front Terrace Hill, the Governor's mansion in Des Moines, carrying signs with messages of hatred, homophobia and the flag used by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis:

I am thankful today's rally was poorly attended. The small group of men who marched today give us hope that the final chapters of the KKK are near. This organization, whose history is so deeply rooted in hatred and violence, is losing their battle for supremacy to justice and fairness.

Today's march was a victory for One Iowa, the organizations who share our beliefs and the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community in Iowa. This rally was a call to action for all Iowans to lend their voice in support of fairness and equality. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

No one should be denied employment because of their sexual orientation. No one should be discriminated against in housing practices because of their sexual orientation. And no loving couple should be denied basic rights and responsibilities afforded to them by marriage.

- Mark Daley, Director, One Iowa, Des Moines