Letters to the Pilot

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Sounding off

The new school prayer


This originated with an unidentified teenager in Arizona. We would like to share it with your readers.

The New School Prayer

Now I sit me down in school,

where praying is against the rule.

For this great nation under God,

Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow,

Becomes a federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That's no offense, it's a freedom thing.

The law is specific, the law is precise,

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice,

For praying in the public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate

God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues, and cheeks.

They've outlawed guns, but first the Bible,

To quote the good book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the "unwed daddy" our Senior King.

It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,

We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires, and totem poles.

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

It's scary here, I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school's mess.

So Lord, this silent plea I make;

should I be shot, my soul please take.


- Richard and Ardith Anderson, Sac City

Clean Air now


Governor Vilsack commissioned the University of Iowa / Iowa State University air quality study and the DNR drafted rules for hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions based on the study. Republican leadership in the state legislature killed those rules last April. They sent the message to voters that they think they know more than 27 state university scientists and experts who were part of the air quality study, more that the DNR, and more than all the people experiencing adverse health effects from factory farm air pollution.

The debate surrounding the air-quality rules in the legislature was filled with exaggerations, half truths, and outright lies. Among those ridiculous comments was this from Senate President Mary Kramer in an e-mail sent to citizens questioning her vote, saying," I did so because the parts per billion standard is so high, sewer vents in the roofs of homes could not meet the standard." .

An April 29th Register article stated, "James Prey, an attorney for the Agribusiness Association of Iowa said a study by the University of California found that emissions from human breath would violate Iowa's new air-quality standards."

These comments are insulting to the thousands of residents who live next to factory farms and breathe the toxic emissions daily. Enough studying. The science is there. We've had enough of deceptions and caving in to special interests.The DNR must do their job and move forward to recommend strong air quality rules at the Aug. 18 Environmental Protection Commission meeting

- Rosie Partridge, Wall Lake

A blessing with sails


The youth from our church had an exciting, fun-filled evening learning to navigate the waters of Storm Lake in sailboats. This tremendous opportunity was made available by the Hy-Noon Kiwanis organization. The well organized program is staffed by many knowledgeable volunteers who offer one-on-one instruction. It was amazing to watch our students become independent sailors by the end of the evening! They had a great time and felt a real sense of accomplishment. Our community is blessed to have such a unique opportunity. Many thanks to the Hy-Noon Kiwanis organization and the many volunteers who are willing to share their love of this sport with others,

- Joan Rude, United Methodist Church, Storm Lake

Community Chest thanks


Dear Storm Lake Community Members,

A big thank you to the residents of Storm Lake and to the Community Chest for the generous donation to CommUNITY Education recreation programs.

Your contribution for 2002-03 will assist us in continuing to provide quality, supervised activities for the young people in our area. Last year more than 40 different recreation programs, camps and trips were offered for youth of all ages.

We appreciate the continuing support shown for CommUNITY Education programs. Enhancing the quality of life in our area is what we're all about. Thanks for sharing our commitment to area youth - they are our future.

- Your CommUNITY Education staff: Pat Cowan,

Pat Fisher, Debbie Hultgren, Jennifer Movall