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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

To the EDN:

I just want to comment on the GORGEOUS flowers around the downtown area of Esthervile. If you haven’t noticed them, they hang from the street lights add such beautiful color to the city. The flower beds are breathtaking, as well. Thank you, Tom, for getting up early each morning and taking care of them to make them so beautiful. It says a lot about you and your beautiful spirit, too.

An admirer

Karen Butler

Estherville

Letter to the editor

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

To the EDN:

The Red Cross came back to Estherville on Aug. 4 for another blood drive. Many of our regular donors were on vacation, out of town, or just worn out by Sweet Corn Days, so we had quite a few donors whose blood was just not quite RED enough to share. But they assured me that they would rest up for the next drive in October.

We were able to give some gallon pins out: Christina Jacobsen and Donna Lauritson each received their one-gallon pin! Becky Olk and Lynette Kesler were each awarded a two-gallon pin, and Terry Reekers has achieved his five-gallon pin. It takes eight donations to make ONE gallon … you do the math!

We welcomed quite a few newcomers and first-time donors at this blood drive: Lane Laidig, Kristi Kearney, Glenyce Towell, Matt Nieuquist, Ben Ullon, Frank Garritson and Bridget Meyers made their first donations, and I hope they will continue to donate as often as they are able.

The next Red Cross blood drive will be held on Oct. 27, 2009, a Tuesday, at the Christensen Building at Iowa Lakes Community College. This is the annual college blood drive, so we usually get another batch of first-time donors.

So, if you are not going to be in the field on that day PLEASE give me a call at 712-209-0922 and set up an appointment for your next donation. I just LOVE to award gallon pins. Thank you to Crossroads Community Church for sponsoring this blood drive. They have converted the old county garage into a wonderful worship center and were very generous to share it with the Red Cross for the blood drive.

Remember, your donation of just one unit of blood can save three lives!

Thanks, Estherville, for your continued generosity!

Donna Day-Templin

Red Cross Blood Drive

coordinator for Estherville.

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

To the EDN:

Reasonable people wonder why bills aren’t presented in a manageable way so all of us can understand what is in them. Why are they rushed through? What is hidden in them? People who have read the healthcare bills quote sections of the bill that give grave concern to many of us.

As a retired physician, I have concern about many provisions. I believe privacy is very important. I have no objection to one doctor electronically sending my records to another doctor for consultation or in case of surgery. Otherwise some tests would need to be redone. That could cause a delay in care.

I do not want my records sent to a CZAR or committee sitting in Washington, checking to see if I meet criteria for the care my physician is requesting, who will decide if my future is worth a knee or hip replacement. Or if I should be encouraged to die because they decide my life is too fragile and it would cost too much to keep caring for me.

How can the government healthcare be cost effective adding 50 million more people? Will people be cut off at a certain age? Will the young be denied care to save their lives because it costs too much to keep caring for them. Will doctors become instruments for the government rather than advocates for their patients?

Will doctors be able to keep the Hippocratic Oath, “First do no harm.” Without a provision that denies tax-paid abortion, will we be forced to pay for killing unborn babies by abortion and elderly by denying care? There were three attempts to put an amendment in the bill to prohibit us from paying for abortions. Each time they were narrowly defeated. I wonder how many doctors and hospitals will close rather than follow orders not to care for patients and let them die or kill them?

If this healthcare program is so good, I believe the members of government should have to be on this program as well. I believe it should be part of the government that Congress cannot exempt itself from any law or policy or program that they make for the rest of us.

Sincerely,

Dr. R.P. Bose MD

Estherville