Readers Respond

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Letters to the Pilot

Beach Party a blast for SL Music Boosters

To the editor:

Thank you Storm Lake for making our 10th Annual Beach Party the most successful yet!

It is a great occasion for the school and community to come together and as an added plus raise funds to support the music department. The success of this event would not be possible without the generous support of the following businesses: Security Bank, Citizens Bank, Central Bank, Northwest Federal, Fareway, Chestermans, Lakeshore Restaurant, Honey Kissed Pizza, Villager Restaurant, Wal-Mart, Al's Liquors, Taher Foods, BV County Beef Producers, KAYL, Ressler Drug, Paxtons, Osweiler's, the Masonic Lodge, the Kopf family, and R & R Music. We also appreciate the great group of teachers, parents and students who worked to keep the food flowing and the games going!

The music department is looking forward to a busy fall. The marching band will be performing at all the home football games and several contests. Rehearsals are under way for the upcoming musical "Annie Get Your Gun" in November. We hope you will continue to support the music department by attending these events and our annual Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast on September 30th. In November the students will again be selling Fruit, Cheese & Chocolates.

Thanks again Storm Lake for your support!

- Shelley Hohneke

Storm Lake Music Boosters and the SL Music Department

On being unimportant

To the editor:

"People take drugs to erase the pain, or did you already know that?"

I take a One-A-Day vitamin on Mondays and Thursdays. Daily, I also often take one or two Energy-V pills, which I get from the health store. And I can drink a liter or more of caffeine-filled soda pop during a day. Other than that, I don't take drugs. I have never once smoked a cigarette or marijuana, or used cocaine or heroin or methamphetamine or whatever. But I understand why people do.

Important people don't care about those of us on the lower rungs of the American caste system. Important people don't care that their successful lives and levels of happiness, whether real or feigned, only make the rest of us ache in our inward parts to such a degree that the only solution of which we can conceive is to figure out a way, as often as possible, to blot out what we feel. Drugs do this. Don't they? That's what I've heard.

Drugs are harmful. In general I believe that's true. But if important people think that finding the druggies and harassing them, or evicting them, or locking them up is a good remedy to the problem, I disagree. It's a band-aid, but not a solution.

The solution is to help those of us on the bottom of the totem pole to be happier by providing opportunities for us to pursue legal and more ethical methods to alleviate the pain we often feel.

Important people don't really care about us, I know that, except to the extent that we do not interfere in the happiness of their lives. But we can't all be important or happy. Some of us are; some of aren't. To some extent the only thing that makes some people important is the reality that they are MORE important and valuable to society that those of us who are not important. For there to be important people, there also have to be unimportant people. That's just the way it is. But being unimportant sucks. So some of us take drugs. Give us a better, satisfying, dignified alternative, and we'd be glad for it. Think of something; you're the smart people, the important ones.

If you want to call me a silly idealist, it's okay, because I am.

- Mike Marty, LeMars

Everyone deserves to be heard

To the editor:

Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing? However, when used improperly, there is the possibility that it can backfire. Of course I'm referring to the lady who was responding to an editorial which stated that Storm Lake could us some "reverse diversity".

There was an attempt made to cloud the subject at hand and cast a shadow upon the author of the original letter. A classic left-wing move if ever there was one. Thankfully there are those of us who can still think of ourselves and see through the liberal spin to the way thing really are. And the way things really are is that the United States of America - despite it's nay-sayers - has some major illegal immigration issues. You can choose to lean to the left, flex those sarcastic muscles and ignore what's happening, or you can tell the truth as the gentlemen who penned the original "reverse diversity" editorial did.

Another favorite tool used by the liberal left is to call those with opposing viewpoints "intolerant racists" in the hopes that it'll further fog the issue and sully the individual who doesn't agree with their position. What the liberals don't seem to realize that is that many of us have risen above the fear and don't care about being labeled because it just doesn't matter anymore. What does matter is that we are all heard and not made to feel like our opinion is less important than any other. Those of us who have our own social security numbers have every right to voice out opinions, and we all deserve to be heard. We've heard enough from liberals, so now let's hear some from the conservatives for a change.

- Karen Kim, Fonda