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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Mar 25, 2008

To the EDN:

Thank You!

This letter is a response to the article about my seventh grade students and their public service project that MaryAnn Menendez wrote. I would like to thank the local businesses that put their faith and resources into supporting that project. My talented and gifted class became pen pals with a school over in Kosova, where our art teacher, Jerry Wilson, is currently serving. He put us in touch with the school he is working with in his spare time. We learned that they had 1500 students and no computers. They had to walk to their local library, in a town of 56,000 to communicate with us. So as our project, we wanted to send them a computer. With the help of Tom Lynch, we began communicating with computer companies. None of them responded to our plea. We did not fit into any category they had set up to receive support. The people that believed in our journey were our LOCAL people. would like to publicly thank the following for donating money or items for our raffle to help my students reach their goal. We want to make a contribution toward uniting two entirely different countries in a small way. Thanks to:

Tom Lynch, Emmet County State Bank, North Star Bank, Iowa Lakes Electric, Treats to Treasures, Fareway, Evening Out Club, Pizza Hut, Godfathers Pizza, Kum and Go, Pepsi, Hardees, Blue Bunny, Kiwanis, Hy-Vee.

This local support shows our youth that our local business section believes in them and their endeavors and that is just another reason to shop local first.

Sincerely,

Beth Langford,

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Mar 25, 2008

To the EDN:

On March 15, the Emmet County Democrats met in convention at Iowa Lakes Community College. One of the topics which was discussed was the “Iowa right to pack a concealed weapon” legislation. I note that the Estherville Daily News has taken an interest in this topic and attracted writers and bloggers from all over the state.

At the end of the discussion a straw poll was taken to determine the opinion of the delegates assembled. The 50 delegates were unanimous in their statement of non-support of the change in the legislation. It was felt that there was no need for the sheriff to have to explain his/her reason for denying an application for a permit to bear a concealed weapon.

Furthermore it was questioned as to there being any reason to carry a concealed weapon in Emmet County. No reasons were offered. People were concerned very deeply about the idea of their children or grandchildren sitting next to someone in a restaurant who is packing a gun. I too share the concern of being in a room with someone who is so in need to be in control as to carry a concealed weapon.

It would seem that Mike Martens is the person who plans to continue the policy of Larry Lamack and deserves the support of Emmet County citizens.

John G. Nelson

Emmet Democrat Chair

Estherville