Letters to the Pilot

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Positive news on tobacco


Last week the Storm Lake Police Department completed tobacco compliance checks in Storm Lake. On behalf of the B.V. Tobacco Prevention Partnership I would like to thank the businesses that did not sell tobacco to underage buyers.

Twenty-six of the 28 businesses checked were in compliance with the law, resulting in a rating of 93 percent. The current statewide average is 89 percent. Good work Storm Lake retailers!

Too often we focus on the negative aspects of a situation. Doesn't it make you feel good to know that 93 percent of the businesses are committed to following the law and protecting our children.

Our partnership is working to prevent young people from starting to smoke, provide cessation services for those who want to stop smoking and to help reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. Keeping cigarettes out of the hands of children is one way to help meet these goals.

So one more time: thank you Storm Lake retailers for your help!

Bonnie Conley RN, Coordinator

B.V. Tobacco Prevention

County Public Health and Home Care

Remembering Jay


What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man - Jay Beekman. He was a remarkable person in so many ways and always a true gentleman. After reading Dana Larsen's article I also don't think I'll ever see a ball game without thinking of him. It was my good fortune to have known him and to have worked with him.

Robb Hauck,

Mount Vernon, Ohio

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