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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Nov 1, 2008

To the EDN:

Most of us remember someone who helped us during difficult times – a grandparent, a special teacher, even a stranger who became a friend. Recollections of these caring people who supported us in the midst of crisis are important sources of strength and calm throughout our lives.

Yet when recalling end-of-life experiences of those we love, many of us have different recollections. these memories may include the hurt on the face of a loved one in pain; the sorrow on the face of a family member who did not get the opportunity to say goodbye to a dying relative; the stress on the faces of those making difficult decisions about end-of-life choices without guidance. We can carry these difficult memories with us for a lifetime. However, there are people working in our community who can bring hope, dignity and love when they are needed most. That caring comes from Avera Holy Family Hospice.

November is National Hospice Month, a time to celebrate those who provide care to those in our community and hep raise awareness of quality care at the end of life. We are fortunate to have the experienced staff and trained volunteers of Avera Holy Family Hospice offering care and support during one of life’s most challenging journeys.

The staff at Henry-Olson Funeral

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Nov 1, 2008

To the EDN:

I must admit I felt like the AFLAC Duck listening to Yogi Berra when I read in the October 28th opinion page Colby Moorberg’s response to my letter which appeared in the October 25th EDN. Sometimes Christmas really does come early for some of us. When I penned my letter of the 25th, more than one person warned me that when you write a “tongue in cheek” article, not everyone will understand all that you are trying to say. Despite the fact that Mr. Moorberg is a graduate student, I think he misunderstood what I was attempting to communicate. Here are the points I was trying to make in no particular order.

1. It appears the political action organization called ACORN is currently involved in perhaps the greatest presidential voter fraud ever witnessed in the history of the United States. The Democratic Party has been a major contributor to ACORN. Barack Obama appears to benefit greatly from the efforts of ACORN whether they be legal or illegal.

2. My criticism of the new voters was not necessarily aimed at college students. (Do you see any mention of college students in my letter of the 25th?) I thought the “new” voters were largely coming from the homeless, illegal aliens, cemetery rolls and people who wanted to vote early and vote often. However, please feel free to give your fellow college students the “new voters test” and share with us later as to how many candidates and elected officials they were able to name and identify. You have told us how informed you and your college peers are and we most certainly would have expected nothing less than what you have told us.

3. In Barack Obama, neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party has ever in our nation’s history presented us with a presidential candidate whose views are so far to the left of the political spectrum. We need a strong candidate in our time of war and Barack is not Commander in Chief material.

4. The President does not vote. He only has veto power. The Congress does the voting. The Democratic Party presently has the majority in both the House and the Senate. (A graduate student should be able to do the math and draw the right conclusion on this point.)

Here are the things I want to share with you and your generation coming from a member of the “older generation.”

1. Wisdom, if it comes to any of us at all, comes with age and years of learning via doing the right and wrong things. If we are smart, we learn from our mistakes. You do not get wisdom by going to college or being in graduate school. Criticizing your parents and grandparents generation is not wisdom.

Writing a letter to the EDN with a “warm yellow liquid” sentence and other venomous statements shows your lack of maturity and wisdom. (I must admit, I said and did a lot of stupid things when I was in college back in the covered wagon days of the ’60s.)

2. We, as a nation, do expect your generation to take over for us one day.

However, you must realize that the academic world you are living in right now, is not the real world. When you graduate from college and get a job and a few more years under your belt, then you will have the required life experiences to help us run our world. Your grandfather’s generation had The Great Depression, World War 2 and the Korean War which required them to grow up fast and mature.

They saved the world for us all. My generation had the Vietnam War that pushed us into maturity. Your generation is at a big disadvantage in there is nothing pushing you to grow up and making anything out of your life. I pray that you are not the exception, however, based on what many of my generation sees in your generation’s behavior and actions, we are afraid you will not be prepared to defend us, support us and protect us as a nation. With Islamic terrorists, Iran, North Korea and other countries trying to develop their own NUKES we need your generation awake, focused, alert and ready for action.

3. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. You need to know the U.S. government has no income.

The only money they have to give to you is what they are collecting or taking from some other taxpayer. This country was created upon the idea of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Nowhere are you guaranteed help with your college expenses, affordable health care, affordable housing, etc.

These are all things your father, mother, grandfather and grandmother paid for themselves. The ludicrous idea that some other taxpayer should help you pay for your college education is something you should be ashamed of for even suggesting it .

You will do well in all of life once you discover the government is not Santa Claus. Our nation will not survive if your generation also continues the same old spending policies as in the past.

In conclusion, don’t worry, I do not think I will be asked to be your commencement day speaker when you graduate. Don’t think they would want to hear my “follow your dreams and be all you can be” graduation day speech.

Larry Loeschen