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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

To the EDN:

As I was driving to work Thursday, Sept. 18, I happened upon a male black lab curled up next to a stop sign at the intersection of 170th Street and 330th Avenue in the country near the Dickinson/Emmet county line. Frightened, the young dog approached my vehicle when called, yet quickly lost confidence and sought solace next to the stop sign.

Immediately I called for a friend to check on the dog as I had no idea if he were lost or abandoned, yet I knew that he was hungry, thirsty and scared-beyond-belief. As I left work that evening, I called the Dickinson County Sheriff’s office to help take the dog to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa. The dog we named “Fred” wanted nothing to do with the squad car and that man in uniform who was trying to help, so there Fred stayed until we could coax him from that corner!

Friday morning Fred was there waiting for his breakfast. We left him with a pail of water and a bowl of food. Gingerly, Fred licked our hands. The last time we saw Fred was lunchtime last Friday as he was no longer nestled into the grass next to that stop sign. We thought Fred’s family had found him or that someone had taken him to the shelter. No, sadly someone had shot the dog in the shoulder and he had crawled into a nearby culvert we discovered.

This dog was on public property and from the bowls surrounding him, one could clearly see that someone had been attempting to provide care for the dog. The driver of an Estherville Lincoln Central school bus and the children on board had seen the dog, the neighbor closest to Fred’s corner had also brought him water and checked in on him and both the Dickinson County sheriff and the humane society were aware of the dog’s plight. So, why would someone shoot him?

The person who shot this dog may not have known that resources, other than a gun, were available. If one finds a dog in the county, please call your local sheriff’s department and report the dog as found to the Humane Society of NW Iowa, 712-338-2738. It may also help to call a few area vets as the dog’s owners may not know where to look for their four-legged family member.

And to the person who shot this dog, if you’re able to afford a gun and ammunition, then you can help pay for Fred’s veterinary care. Fortunately, he did not lose one of his front legs. And more importantly, he did not lose his faith in human beings as a wonderful couple from Estherville and two area veterinarians saw that his medical needs were tended to with kindness and compassion, not violence.

Jennifer Johnson

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

To the EDN:

I read with great interest and surprise the letter to the editor from Mr. Wittneben in the Sept. 25 Estherville Daily News. Must say I thought this type of letter would only appear in such great publications as The Des Moines Register or the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A big thank you to the EDN and Mr. W for spurring me to send my first ever letter to the editor.

Today, our society and popular culture says you never discuss religion or politics. However, for those who know me, being “politically correct” is at the very bottom end of my life’s priorities. (Telling the truth is as the top of my list, without regard of what others might think of me.) Mr. W said a lot in his two column letter and quoted his sister’s thoughts and feelings as well. He posed several questions where he was seeking answers. Well, I am writing to give your readers some answers to his questions.

Concerning the War on Terror, I guess I thought this was a worldwide conflict to be fought. I did not know it was confined to Afghanistan and one man, Bin Laden. Sorry this War is lasting so long. After all, we are all accustomed to the prime time TV programs where all the action and conflict is wrapped up in one hour so we can watch the 10 p.m. news before we go to bed. The generation before me, the WWII generation, was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and spent the next four years fighting all over the world. Oh yea, have we forgotten we lost 3,000 plus people on 9/11? Wherever we have to go and no matter how long it takes, we can’t quit just because the President has a low rating in the polls. Congress has a lower rating and we still have not fired them yet. We need to do what is RIGHT. As for me, I say, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” until the last terrorist is killed or captured.

Subject #2: Barack Obama is by far the most liberal candidate for President our nation as ever offered to the electorate. He is far to the LEFT of Teddy Kennedy and I never thought that could be possible. That is why those of us who are conservative are so concerned about an Obama presidency. It does not have any thing to do with the color of his skin. His positions on partial birth abortion, gay rights, the War on Terror and “the government is your mother” and will supply all you “needs and wants”line of thinking are our worst nightmare. Obama does have charisma, but we need far more than that single attribute in our next President. For the times ahead, we need a President that offers us more than the empty phrase of “change.”

On the subject of gay marriage and abortion, we should not go with “our feelings” or look to see what Oprah thinks. (They say there are two million couples waiting to adopt all those “unwanted” babies!) When I was growing up in the 1950s, both of these issues were looked on by society as a whole as being WRONG. In fact, the Bible says gay marriage and abortion is WRONG. What has changed? We as a society have changed. To my knowledge, the 10 Commandments have not changed. The 10 Commandments were not meant to be the “10 Suggestions.” Don’t like them? Don’t blame me, God wrote them, I didn’t. I do know, if we follow “The Big 10” then we will stay out of trouble. Break the commandments and you will have trouble.

As for those Americans you feel are imposing their beliefs on you, nothing could be farther from the truth. This is a very popular phrase used by the LEFT when someone questions them about their behavior concerning a particular issue. You will have to go to some of the Moslem countries to experience beliefs that are “imposed” on you against your will. In this country, because a devoted Christian person warns you when you are involved in questionable behavior, it DOES NOT mean he or she is “imposing their religion or beliefs” on you. In America, we really do have freedom of religion.

On Nov. 4, pick the candidate who is on the RIGHT side of issues that God says are WRONG.

Larry Loeschen

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

To the EDN:

In response to the letter to the editor published Friday, Sept. 26, regarding the microfilm and microfilm reader at the Estherville Public Library, the library board would like to share the following information.

We have been aware of the broken microfilm reader for some time and our director, Carolyn Walz, took action as soon as she learned of the problem. She immediately investigated repair or replacement of the machine, however, this technology is now obsolete. The supplier she normally uses for this type of repair had their warehouse in Waterloo which was totally destroyed by the flood. However, even if the needed part could be found elsewhere, it would be used, expensive and come with no guarantee. As for the bent corners of the microfilm, this is something the various manufacturers have done to indicate the beginning and end of a roll. It is made that way, not the result of use or abuse.

However, the microfilm is getting old and very brittle. Repairing the microfilm reader does not address the issue of the aging microfilm. Taking all this information into consideration, at our Sept. 2 board meeting, the decision was made to proceed with converting th microfilmed newspapers to a digital format. This will allow the historical information to be preserved in a very safe way that will not deteriorate over time. This will be a very expensive process and because the board will be using money bequeathed to us by generous benefactors, we want to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us and research all options carefully. Carolyn already started this investigation process in August when she contacted a firm that conducts this type of conversion.

It is not true that the library was not taking action regarding this situation; many steps had already been taken to solve this issue long before Friday’s letter appeared in the Estherville Daily News. The conversion from microfilm to digital format is not a quick process and will take some time to complete. The microfilm will not be available during this process as it obviously must be in the hands of the company hired to do the conversion.

It is unfortunate that the microfilm reader broke and is inconvenient to those wanting to access the information. But given the obsolescence of this format, the board looks at this as an opportunity to ultimately improve services to our patrons. We realize it has been several weeks and will ultimately be several weeks more before we have the final product. A project of this scope is not completed overnight. We ask our patrons to have patience as once we have the digital format, the historical documents will be safe, access will be greatly improved, printing will be much easier and hopefully searching will be easier as well. It will be well worth the wait.

When anyone has a question or issue regarding the library or the services it provides, we encourage them to take the time to stop in or call the library director Carolyn Walz. We are very fortunate to have someone of Carolyn’s longevity, knowledge and dedication as our director. She is always ready to answer questions or assist with issues that need attention.

We encourage everyone to use our wonderful library. If you haven’t been by in awhile, you’ll be amazed at the huge variety of materials and services available.

Estherville Public Library Board of Directors

Lili Jensen, President

Kathy Knudtson,

Co-vice President

Jim Schiedel,

Co-vice President

Bob Grems, Secretary

Joe Gregori,

Board member

Jeannene Larson,

Board member

Joyce Moklestad,

Board member

Dennis Ridout,

Board member

Scott Stokes,

Board member