Letters to the Pilot

Monday, April 7, 2003

A child speaks out on abuse issue


The saddest thing in any form is child abuse, but the next saddest thing is if you know it is happening and say NOTHING! If you know this is happening, speak up, you can save a child's life.

Hi, my name is Shelby Meyer and my mom is a powerful voice in a child's life, she is a CASA volunteer.

So I want to tell you, April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Kathy Fritz, CASA coordinator, would like to invite you to attend the third annual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m., on the west side of the Buena Vista County Courthouse in the Courtyard. Please attend and remember all our children who lost their lives to child abuse.

Shelby Meyer,


'Sobering' thoughts on prom time


To the parents of SLHS juniors and seniors - and anyone else who'll listen - it's prom time again. Time for some "sobering" statistics and my ubiquitous plea.

Alcohol is the Number One drug problem among young people. Alcohol kills 6.5 times more teens than all other illegal drugs combined.

During a typical weekend in the United States, one teenager dies each hour in a car crash. Almost half of these crashes involved alcohol.

In the year 2000 30 percent of 15- to 20-year-old drivers killed in car crashes had been drinking. Twenty-one percent of them were drunk. Forty-seven percent of the teen car crash fatalities were passengers. And the more passengers there are, the greater the risk is for car crashes for teenage drivers. Fifty-four percent of the teenage motor vehicle deaths occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (NHTSA).

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that in the year 2001 (the latest statistics available), one person every 33 minutes was killed in an alcohol-related crash; 48 died every day; 336 died every week. That's the equivalent of two jetliners crashing every week.

So many precious children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends have lost their lives in this awful way.

Drunk driving is not an accident. It's a violent crime. In fact, it's America's most-frequently committed violent crime.

Please, parents, don't let your kids drink - during prom weekend or any other time! Don't let them drink and drive - or be driven by a drunk! Help them learn to celebrate the good times in their lives smart and sober. Make the 2003 prom a night to remember - with joy, not with a trip every year to a cemetery.

Denise Betts,

SLHS prom advisor

Scouts support

U.S. troop action


Roy L. Williams, the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, has asked Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and volunteer leaders across America to tie red, white and blue ribbons on trees in their neighborhoods. "Our thoughts are with our fellow Americans fighting for peace in the Middle East, and we pray for their safe return," Williams says. Throughout the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has rallied to the support of our nation's military and their families. In countless conflicts, Scouts have stood shoulder to shoulder in supporting the brave men and women who protect our nation. In this current conflict, Scouts, volunteers and families will carry on this great tradition.

We encourage all citizens to show their support of America by joining us in tying red, white and blue ribbons on trees in neighborhoods across the country. If you know someone in the armed services, you may honor him or her by writing their name on the ribbons. Troop 103, Storm Lake, will be tying red, white and blue ribbons on the trees in Scout Park at their regular meeting on Sunday, April 6, in the evening.

We encourage all citizens of Storm Lake and surrounding areas to tie ribbons around the trees in their yards in support of America.

Julie Sievers,

Storm Lake

Thanks for St. Mary's Ball support


To the friends of St. Mary's Ball and Charity Auction:

May we say a simple THANK YOU for the endless generosity of our local businesses, parishioners, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of St. Mary's. To the local businesses - thank you for your continued support of our school, your support to our efforts is phenomenal. To the parishioners of St. Mary's Church - thank you for your tireless efforts. To the parents of our students - thank you for your dedication. To the alumni of St. Mary's School, thank you for your loyalty. To our faculty and staff of St. Mary's, thank you - your commitment to our children's education is extraordinary. Special thanks to Central Bank for sponsoring refreshments and Malarky's for sponsoring the special reception. Katie and Ken and staff of Buena Vista University - your assistance is very much appreciated. To the many friends of St. Mary's School, a Catholic education is a choice, one that we as parents make. Thank you for supporting our choice.

Kay and Ted Lenhart

Marikay and Kevin Kottke,

St. Mary's Ball chairpersons