Letters to the Pilot

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Where's the band?


What's a 4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular Parade without your own town's band? I was deeply disappointed with the adverse publicity Storm Lake received in the past couple of weeks in the newspapers, television and radio newscasts. The high school band director has made his point about not wanting the students to march behind horses and having to contend with some of the results.

This is a great opportunity for the school system to support the community and at the same time teach the saying, "Forgive and forget." The band director has his principles to follow, but he needs to realize when the point has been made. There are new commodores and committee members each year; give the group a chance to prove what they say. In fact, I'd like to see the Storm Lake High School Band start the parade every year. Please change your mind; I want to be in the crowd clapping for you and the band as you march by.

Phyllis Caradine,

Storm Lake

Banning the



Snowmobiles are one of the most disastrous recreational vehicles to enter public lands. Snowmobile use should be restricted from Yellowstone due to the negative impacts on air and water quality, public health, wildlife, and safety.

Two-stroke engines, which power most snowmobiles, have been acknowledged as one of the largest sources of pollution in the nation. These machines impose a direct and indirect threat to the air and water quality of Yellowstone National Park.

Carbon monoxide is given off by the snowmobile with the incomplete burning of the fuel, and it can cause dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Yellowstone's extreme use by snowmobiles is causing these symptoms in the rangers and other riders. With all of the negative effects on humans, air, and water, there is no doubt snowmobiling hurts wildlife.

When the snowmobiles cut animals from food and water areas, the animals must move in to new territory, making it more difficult to find new shelter and food.

Safety is one of the largest concerns of park goers. There are thousands more cars that pass through the park, yet the snowmobile still manages to reach 67 percent of all vehicle accidents in three years. If they doubt the judgment of some riders, they surely can't feel safe in the park.

Danger to the environment, animals, vegetation, the snowmobile rider, and most importantly, the millions of other visitors coming to embrace the beauty of this natural habitat, should be a higher concern than the money made off the snowmobile industry.

Brandon McClatchey,

Storm Lake