Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Jason Good

To the Editor:
Methamphetamine has become almost as big of a problem for our society as opioids and benzos. While the overall drug crisis is going “full steam ahead,” it’s easy to forget about meth because much of the country’s attention is on Big Pharma and the fentanyl problem. Some addiction professionals believe meth has become increasingly popular because it’s being viewed as a “safer” alternative to pills and heroin, since fatal overdoses occur less frequently with methamphetamine abuse. Meth is not safe to use, by any means. Each toxic chemical used to make meth would kill a person if ingested by itself, not to mention that meth use can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and psychosis.
As meth abuse has gained popularity, those smuggling the drug into the United States have become craftier in getting the drug through our borders. Most recently, a huge meth bust found the drug in the form of pressed tablets, some even resembling children’s vitamins!
It’s a scary time we live in and now, more than ever, we have to be vigilant in our fight against the drug crisis.
For more information on methamphetamine, go to If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 1-888-824-1621.
Jason Good
Clearwater, Florida

Letter to the Editor – Brenda Bonner

Bus Stop Blessings:
In this season of Thanksgiving, we take a step back from our busy lives and reflect with gratitude on those who have and continue to support and bless us. As I make a list of family, friends, and neighbors who have enriched my life, one person comes to mind who rarely gets recognized.
Barb Neuendorf has been a neighbor of mine for as long as I have lived in La Porte City. She has lived here for 39 years and for more than 30 of those years she ran an in-home child care business, retiring about 10 years ago. However, the Locust Street bus stop for Union Elementary School continues to be in front of Barb’s house, as it has been for years.
I have been doing registered in-home child care now for over 10 years and my school-aged children along with three other daycares also use Barb’s bus stop. All of my daycare children, past and present, know Barb affectionately as “The Bus Lady.”
As I watch my daycare children cross the street and walk to the bus stop, most mornings I see Barb watching them from her end of the block keeping an eye on them to ensure things go smoothly and there is no mischief taking place. She gives reminders to those who need them. These reminders are appreciated, since, as a daycare provider, it is impossible to be two places at once. She also will stop over and tell me if there are things which need to be addressed or worked on with anyone at the bus stop to avoid problems in the future. This really helps for accountability since the kids know someone has eyes on them the majority of the time.
Barb invests her time into the lives of the young people at her bus stop even though she certainly does not have to; she could just as easily stay inside and stay warm on a cold morning. However, you will see her outside offering a positive attitude, positive talk, encouragement, a high five, a hug, or offering friendly advice to our kids.
Barb lives by the principle “see the need, meet the need” and does so without hesitation or pause. If the temperatures are very cold or it is raining she will let the kids come into her enclosed porch to shield them from the weather until the bus arrives.Her actions show our youngsters they are important, they are valued, and treasured.
I have heard it said that as adults we should “Be who you needed when you were younger.” I would like to formally thank Barb Neuendorf for being who she is. She is a person who invests in our little people, their lives, and futures every day. Never underestimate the power of a seed you have planted, Barb. You are changing tiny hearts in big ways and for that I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly appreciated!
Brenda Bonner, Bonner Family Child Care, with Melissa Sauer of Doodle Bug Childcare

Letter to the Editor – Anna Bower

When looking at the long lifespans that humans are living out, we can give our thanks to vaccines. Vaccines have saved millions of lives, yet are increasingly the target of social criticism. As a global community, the anti-vaccine movement is one of the most pressing issues we are experiencing culturally. The risks that come from not vaccinating are staggering, and illnesses that once plagued children, such as polio, measles, and whooping cough, are having the chance to rise again in frequency. To see these illnesses occur again with decreasing use of vaccines would put our entire society at risk.
The scientific community never backs anti-vaccine movements. There is no evidence to support such a mindset. However, with the prevalence of websites like Facebook, many sources of misinformed opinions are being shared as fact.
Consequently, more and more parents are choosing to not vaccinate their kids and citing it as a preference. When an unvaccinated person interacts with other members of society they could be unknowingly spreading infection or contracting it. For those who are ill and are unable to be vaccinated, this can mean life or death.
As a society we need to put our trust in scientists and doctors before a stranger ranting on Facebook. Vaccines protect us all, but they especially protect the most vulnerable members of our society from disease. Vaccines should be mandated to all healthy children, not allowing for personal choice. The culture has changed; the scientific consensus however, has not.
Anna Bower
LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Changes coming for Union High School Homecoming Week

Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted for publication on behalf of the Union High School Student Council by Wayne Slack, UHS Assistant Principal/Activities Director.
To all parents, students, and community members in the Union Community School District:
The student council would like to go over the Homecoming changes that were made this year and explain why the changes were made. This was a student council vote and compromise with the administration.
We will not be having a bonfire this year. This change was made due to the low number of people in attendance.
The Powderpuff Game will be moved to Monday night to kick off Homecoming week, and to make sure that all juniors and seniors who want to play get the chance. The game will start after the JV football game. If weather happens to cancel the game we will have a dodgeball tournament in the lower gym.
We will not be doing attendants this year. We know that this was a way for underclassmen to be a part of Homecoming, so we will be having a talent show during the pep rally open for all students.
The crowning of the king and queen will be during the pep rally on Friday. This will be open to the community. Before the game on Friday, we will still have the parents escort the candidates onto the track to be recognize. The past kings and queens are still invited to the game to be recognized as well.
A new addition this year will be the induction of new Union Athletics Hall of Fame members. This will happen during half time, with the marching band performing afterwards. We wouldn’t have time to recognize our past hall of fame members, recognize the attendants, crown the queen, and give the band time to perform.
These changes were made to benefit the whole school and Union Alumni.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the student council or administration. We are very excited about these changes and ready to be a part of a great homecoming! Go Knights!!!

Letter to the Editor – Angela Rivas

To the Editor:
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