DL News Staff
My family was forever changed when my son was born too soon. Weighing just one pound and 14 ounces, he was the size of a water bottle. This is why I support the March of Dimes. November is Prematurity Awareness Month. It's when the March of Dimes focuses everyone's attention on the impact premature birth has on babies and families. My family is not alone when it comes to facing the problems of prematurity. More than a half million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. With one in eight babies born too soon, our country lags behind many other developed nations.
With sincere gratitude, we would like to thank Dan Neumeister and the entire Central Market staff for planning another successful Project Pink Cake Decorating and Auction, which netted over $11,000! Proceeds from the cake auction go to support breast cancer awareness projects and programs in our community. To the decorators, bidders and to Jerome Tappe, our auctioneer, we are humbled by your generosity! We are so very proud to serve this community. -- Tom Thompson, chief executive officer, LeAnn Mouw, director of development and communications, St. Mary's
As a local business owner, I understand and can appreciate the difficulty the city faces in "balancing the books." A considerable amount of my time is spent trying to work more efficiently and more productively. We are always looking for ways to exceed our customers' expectations and looking critically at our competitive advantages in the market place. I would agree that the City of Detroit Lakes shares a lot of similarities to local businesses. Certainly the quickest fix to any budget problem is to eliminate services.
A wonderful youth hockey fundraising dinner was held Friday, Oct. 23 at the Speakeasy restaurant right here in Detroit Lakes. Hockey's "moms," and "dads," too, graciously thank the community for their continued, generous support. The donations from the local merchants were greatly appreciated by everyone. Over 200 young kids from 4 to 15 years of age will benefit from the monies raised.
As a school board member for the past 13 years, I have seen first-hand what an excellent teaching staff, responsible administration, and dedicated support staff make up the district team that provides the education and programming our district offers. It is the reputation of excellence that our district enjoys that helps attract other families and businesses to locate in our community.
We would like to address some points brought up in a recent mailing you may have received from a vote "No" group operating in our school district. The presentation format and statements made in the mailing cause the reader to misinterpret Lake Park-Audubon's situation. Aid Anticipation is money the school district borrows to offset money withheld by the state. It is not additional money for our budget. The state currently withholds 27 percent of our funding. This withheld money is then paid during our next fiscal year.
I don't always agree with the local papers' views. However, the recent "Jeers to City..." regarding staffing of the ice rink hits home with me, along with other indications that our city may not be putting a high enough priority on our youth, or for that matter, on what makes our city special.
Health or Medical Care Concerns? How about Dental Care? We've heard for years about the concerns we all have for health care and its cost. But let's consider another issue that is rarely discussed and gets almost no attention in the media. What is going on with the absolutely ridiculous costs of dental care? I am fortunate that my family and I do have some coverage for dental insurance, but the vast majority of Americans cannot afford any dental insurance whatsoever. In the spring of 2008, I needed to have a root canal performed.
Another year and we have another record breaking "cat surrender/kitten season" at the local animal shelters, Lucky Dog and Becker County Humane Society. How many of you know at this moment there are over 100 cats waiting for homes in these shelters with between 6 to 8 new cats coming in weekly and requests to surrender double to triple that number? Rarely are these cats spayed or neutered. Many are unwanted litters of kittens found abandoned in local parking lots, resorts, and hotels.
When people hear about domestic violence happening in a home, the question asked most often is, "Why didn't she leave?" or, "Why doesn't she just leave?" Asking this places the blame on the victim and insinuates that the domestic violence is her fault because she stayed. Abuse is never the victim's fault. Reasons that a woman stays in an abusive relationship vary in each situation. One of the reasons that women stay in an abusive relationship is the lack of resources available.