Letter to the Editor
To the EDN:
The Aviation Club at Iowa Lakes Community College sponsored a blood drive on Oct. 21. This campus club has been sponsoring American Red Cross blood drives for many years and we are grateful to the members of the Aviation Club for their continued support of the Red Cross.
We had 78 donors come to the Christensen Center for the blood drive and we were able to collect 75 units of blood. There were two first timers, Samantha Turnquist and Isidro Pena. We had 16 other donors who were new to our area, but who had donated before. I suspect that most, if not all, of them were students.
Having our usual donors come in and say “Hi,” plus the new donors we had made for a wonderful and successful. The Red Cross will be back in Estherville on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. That blood drive will be sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and will be held at the Duhigg Center from 12:30-6:30 p.m., so mark your next years calendars NOW to call me and make an appointment. We’ll be back next year and continue the fine tradition that Estherville has earned as being one of the places that the Red Cross loves to visit.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support of the Red Cross.
Letter to the Editor
To the EDN:
It appears that you fear this new wave of concerned youth that will, in record numbers, flex their new citizen power to vote. Does it not surprise you that we, the youth vote, have had enough? Perhaps us “horde” members were awakened by the fact that our higher education now costs as much as the mortgage on your home, or maybe it is the diminishing opinion world citizens have on our once great and respected country, or maybe it’s the fact that a CEO today earns 100 times that of the blue collar laborer in his factory, or the possibly it’s the rising cost of health care, especially for more “mature” voters like yourself that will be paid for by the sweat of my fellow youth. Doesn’t it scare you that in a world that is driven by technology, and a market that can climb or crash by the stroke of a key, Sen. McCain doesn’t know how to use email? Does it scare you that with the current energy crisis, the most important obstacle my fellow Americans have ever faced, McCain only proposes so called “alternative fuels” as coal, nuclear, and offshore drilling and fails to acknowledge other, more effective sources of energy? We need a large portfolio of energies including hydric, geothermal, solar; and more important to Iowa, biofuels and wind like Sen. Obama calls for.
I find it interesting you question the knowledge of the youth vote. I find this to be of the lowest and cheapest of insults; how dare you. You suggest we need pictures on our ballot and that we can’t remember the names of candidates. What, you don’t think I can read, or remember a name. Our generation has strived for higher education with an ever-increasing thirst for knowledge, backed by our record numbers of students in colleges and vocational schools across the country. Perhaps if you, and your outdated political views and values would change and re-examine the value of a child’s mind, maybe you would consider putting our youth in proper schools, with well trained, well paid teachers. Besides, I bet I can beat you in a spelling bee.
Perhaps it’s time that you are educated on the effects of each candidate’s platform. The massive debt this country has established will be paid for by, guess who, the youth. The proposed spending of John McCain will increase our national debt by one trillion dollars, that’s right-trillion; compared to an increase of 250 billion through Sen. Obama’s proposals. Obama also puts forward worthwhile solutions to other issues my fellow youth will have to clean up after your generation such as global warming and a world opinion of the US that lies in the gutter.
Don’t question the validity of the youth vote! We are the ones with more at stake in this election. The political dogmas of the Bush and Reagan administrations, with their trickle down theories, have only led to warm, yellow liquid on us in the form of a broke economy. It’s time for a trickle up philosophy that puts the middle class first. It’s time that the youth have a voice in our future, our educations, and our world theatre. I will vote this November and I am a citizen who is well educated, well read, well versed, and very upset.
ELC High School Alum
Iowa State University Alum
North Carolina State Graduate Student
Proud Democrat and youth voter