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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Mar 21, 2008

To the EDN:

In regard to the skateboarding issues, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the youths, parents and citizens who attended the city council meeting this past Monday, March 17. The response was overwhelming, and with the community’s continued support, along with ours, we are at the beginning of something so worthwhile to our youth today and in the feature.

Niki Origer

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Mar 21, 2008

To the EDN:

This letter is in regard to the recent issues that have been facing Estherville’s youth. I commend Gene Haukoos for his constant support of the issue, as his son Pete is an avid skateboarder. I wish there were more of them in Estherville who would realize that there is not a whole lot for the youth to do in this town. Estherville has been trying to initiate an Excel! Estherville program but it has not done anything that I can see to benefit the youth. Most projects and plans always seem to put the older generation first.

We need younger people’s views on subjects and allow their voiced concerns to be heard. Many committee members and/or project leaders tend to be closed-minded with nothing but their own interests at heart, which is finding ways to turn a profit. The few things that are here to do in Estherville usually involve spending a lot of money. There are a lot of people who cannot afford to go to the movies every weekend and spend around $15 per person or the RWC at $5-$7 a pop. Both of these get hefty if families are planning an activity. Even most of the programs involve paying some form of participation fee, which would be fine if every time we as parents didn’t turn around to find more price increases, fundraising requests, admission costs, etc.

The whole town needs to keep in mind that eventually the same people that are being catered to are not going to be around as long as the current youth. More and more the younger generation is moving out of this town because there is nothing here for them.

The college gives way to a whole market segment that has never been tapped because no one wants to initiate or give the approval to allow the development of things that would interest them. Please keep in mind that the Spencer skate-park has brought enthusiasts from other towns and cities such as Mankato and Minneapolis. Even though it may be free to use the skate park it brought people who patronized the local businesses for beverages, gas, and food. I hope that a skate park being built here is just the beginning. I personally don’t know how to skateboard but I was present at the skate park in Spencer the first weekend it was open. I was amazed as a spectator. I would love to attempt to learn and encourage others to do the same. Acceptance and belonging is very important to adolescents and they need to explore who they are. This town is denying that need to many of them who cannot afford to routinely spend the money to be in the programs offered. Unfortunately there are not many alternative activities for them to do.

In trying to expand the growth of Estherville we are running youth out by ignoring their wants and needs and sending the message that it is not okay to creatively find something to do such as skateboard or play in a garage band because if they do they will be in trouble or ticketed. People need to quit calling the cops on every Tom, Dick, or Harry that they think looks suspicious or who is doing something that they don’t like. Where will Estherville be in the future when the younger generation has nearly all moved away and the older generation is gone?

Tonya Cole,

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Mar 21, 2008

To the EDN:

As a hunter, gun owner and law enforcement officer, I would be very upset if someone tried to take my guns from me. It is my belief that no one needs to carry a loaded gun in to a restaurant, grocery store, bank, convenience store, etc., unless that person is a law enforcement officer. However, if a person is issued a concealed weapon permit they could do just exactly that.

Chapter 724 of the Iowa Code states that a person does not need a concealed weapon permit for the following:

1. A person who goes armed with a dangerous weapon in the person’s own dwelling or place of business, or on land owned or possessed by the person.

2. A person who is lawfully engaged in target practice on a target range designed for that purpose or while actually engaged in lawful hunting.

So, I don’t understand why some people think they need to carry a loaded gun to the grocery store or in public. Maybe the editor at the Estherville Daily News wouldn’t be uncomfortable with strangers walking into his office with a loaded gun, but I bet his employees would be.

The Daily News Editorial on “Readers overwhelmingly favor the right to carry bill” is misleading and quite frankly, a very poor way to conduct a survey. First, the editorial states that “no less than 77 percent of the readers who responded to the on-line survey favor passage of House File 2092.” The paper didn’t mention that there were only 30 readers who responded to the survey so that means 23 were in favor of House File 2092. I don’t call that “overwhelming!” Second, a person who voted on-line could have voted more than once. All they would have to do is go to a different computer each time they voted and vote as often as they like!

We all know people who for one reason or another (alcohol, drugs, personality disorders, etc.) should not have a concealed weapon permit. But, if the individual doesn’t have a criminal record this person could be eligible for a concealed weapon permit. Under House File 2092 or 2613 the Sheriff “shall” issue the applicant a permit! Chief sponsor Clel Baudler points out the sheriff “shall provide a written statement of the reasons for the restriction or denial.” It will be difficult for any sheriff to deny a permit without some type of proof (arrest record, medical record, etc.) to deny an applicant a permit.

I believe some Sheriffs and Sheriff candidates are politically motivated to issue concealed weapon permits.

As Emmet County Sheriff, I believe it is my obligation to protect my officers and the citizens of Emmet County by not issuing concealed weapon permits and not allowing people to carry a loaded gun in public. For the past 20 years the voters of Emmet County have “overwhelmingly” supported me and my decisions concerning concealed weapons in Emmet County.

Larry Lamack

Emmet County Sheriff