Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

To the Editor:
Every day in America, millions of parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are buckled in properly in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes, many are not, if they are buckled up at all. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (46%) of car seats are misused.
To help combat this issue, NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 20-26, 2020, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible — every trip, every time.
“Every 32 seconds in 2018, a child under 13 was involved in a passenger vehicle crash. Using car seats that are age- and size-appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe,” said Regional Administrator, Susan DeCourcy. “In 2017, there were 312 children under the age of 5 saved because they were using car seats. Car seats matter and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical.”
Too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death, even if they’re buckled up. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat. In 2015, about 25.8% of children 4 to 7 who should have been riding in booster seats were moved too early to seat belts, and 11.6% were unbuckled altogether.
“As parents and caregivers, we have a long list of things we do for our children to show our love. One of the simplest and most important things on the list should be to make sure our kids are in the right car seat for their age and size,” DeCourcy said. “Get your car seats checked. Make sure they’re installed correctly, and that your kids are in the right seats and are buckled in correctly. Get your car seat checked with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, so you can be sure that your child is the safest while traveling.”
Remember to register your car seat or booster seat with the seat manufacturer to get notifications in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified technician at www.nhtsa.gov/therightseat.
U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Letter to the Editor – Dean Fisher

To the Editor,
It’s been brought to my attention that elected officials are being far too silent when it comes to supporting our law enforcement professionals during this period of civil unrest and protest. The point is well taken, and I intend to change that right now.
We the citizens of this great nation ask our law enforcement officers to go into harm’s way on a daily basis on our behalf. We ask them to insert themselves into dangerous domestic violence incidents, we ask them to subdue violent criminals who carry deadly weapons. We ask them to deal with citizens that are violent and belligerent from alcohol or drugs, we ask them to crawl into the slimy underbelly of the drug world and the human trafficking rings to attempt to stop these heinous crimes, we ask them to deal with horribly bloody accidents, we ask them to go out in the dark of night and in the foulest weather without hesitation.
We ask them to do these things on our behalf, to take the risks and often times make split second decisions when their own lives are at stake. We all sleep more comfortably, and go about our daily business with more confidence, knowing these brave men and women are always ready to protect us. We owe them our support and our respect for the difficult job they do. We must thank them for their service and sacrifice, and not place undue burdens and risks on them that we ourselves won’t take on.
The risks that law enforcement officers take on a daily basis have been heightened in many cities for the last few weeks as many have taken to the streets to riot and loot. Some of our officers have died at the hands of these criminals, and we dare not forget those sacrifices either. We owe them our gratitude for putting themselves in harm’s way as they face violent crowds of rioters in order to keep us safe.
It is sad to see that many elected officials have seen fit to accept the idea that law enforcement is systemically racist. That idea is demeaning and discriminatory towards our law enforcement officers in and of itself, and utterly false. Some cities have now gone so far as to begin work to dismantle their law enforcement departments, and remove qualified immunity protections from our law enforcement officers. That mentality is an insane idea asserted by radical Leftists and Anarchists, and it will not end well if implemented. Every civilized society throughout the world has a law enforcement agency at every level of government for a reason, it is fundamental to a free and functioning society. It is absurd to send these brave men and women into the streets to deal with criminals without our support and understanding of the risks they take, and without the protections they need when taking those risks.
We ask a great deal of our law enforcement officers, and it must not go unrecognized. I wish to thank the law enforcement officers throughout our cities, counties, and state for the work they do. I greatly appreciate your efforts to keep our loved ones safe from harm. It’s not an easy job, and we owe you our gratitude for your sacrifice.
Representative Dean Fisher

Letter to the Editor – West View Cemetery Board of Directors

To the Editor:
Another Memorial Day has come and gone. If you were one of the many who visited West View Cemetery this past week, you may or may not have noticed the condition of this sacred ground. Many of our friends and relatives, as well as veterans, who have passed on were honored with decorations and remembrances.
It is the main objective of one man to be caretaker of this cemetery, whether burial of one of your loved ones or then taking care of that spot forever. Our thanks should always be to Bill Monteith for the work he does.
Thank you to all who helped install and take down flags last week. Thank you to the veterans for the short program that we the public were privileged to hear. The numbers were small because of the virus, but we were all blessed. Thanks to the Auxiliary for the small flags on each veteran’s grave.
Bill Starr, Chairperson Cemetery Board
Steve Miller, Director
Rocky Brown, Director
Lloyd Bathen, Director
Kathy Norris, Secretary-Treasurer, Director
Larry Kane, Director
P.S. Whoever took the small flags from the veterans’ graves, shame-shame-shame, God was watching!

Letter to the Editor – Robert Burkgren

Dear Editor:
I wish to thank LPC Connect for their nice open house on Friday, December 6. Besides their good service to the community, they also help with the community food drive and the mitten (clothing) Christmas tree. I would personally like to thank them for the Google Nest mini which I received as the drawing winner. Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Robert Burkgren
La Porte City

Letter to the Editor – Justin Carter

Dear Editor,
Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Food Council advocate for the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into schools.
In spring 2019, Congress signaled an attempt to build a new Child Nutrition Act. This legislation is traditionally revised every five years and, while most program authorizations are permanent or extended through annual appropriations, a new Child Nutrition Act has not been reauthorized since 2010.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the first Farm to School grants to provide schools and organizations opportunities to bring production and nutritional education programs to classrooms. During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly $790 million worth of local food was purchased from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors, a 105 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year.
The implementation of the Farm to School and Kids Eat Local acts will lay the foundation for a more knowledgeable consumer base. In addition, it will bring benefits to producers and allow us to spend funds in our own states and communities.
The Kids Eat Local Act would create a new, user-friendly local product specification option, allowing schools to specify “locally grown,” “locally raised,” or “locally caught” in their procurement language, then award to the lowest bidder who can meet that product specification.
Program expansion would benefit child nutrition and also offer educational programs to students, giving them insight to where their food is grown and motivation to feed their fellow students. As one rural Nebraska student told us after working in a school greenhouse, “We brag it up at lunch that we took care of their food. It’s great seeing something you did.”
The Farm to School Act of 2019 would increase the mandatory annual funding to $15 million while increasing the maximum grant award to $250,000. Both pieces of legislation currently have bipartisan support.
Justin Carter
Center for Rural Affairs
justinc@cfra.org

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