Parents of honored
To the editor:
We would like to thank the Salem High School Alumni Association for honoring our son, Dr. J. Cletus Paumier '82 as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
Our family was all able to attend the 129th annual reunion banquet among a wonderful group of Salem people.
What a privilege and honor it was to be in presence of so many representing the past, present and future.
Anyone who has had the privilege to attend Salem schools carries a special something gained by just being a part of this great community.
The teachers and administration really care for the welfare of the students and the peer expectations give a solid foundation and confidence to carry on anywhere.
Salem is the perfect picture of a Norman Rockwell painting. We love Salem, "The City of Peace." The Salem High School Alumni Association is unsurpassed. Thank you all once again.
JOHN '62 and
JANICE '61 PAUMIER,
Praise for the
Salem Police Dept.
To the editor:
I've been a resident of Salem for many years. The police department was beneficial in helping me and my son during his teen years. If not for them he would have not become the man he is today.
They protect and serve our community. We know them by their names. We know we can depend on them in case of an emergency or with help and questions we have.
The sheriff's department is for the whole county. They serve the whole county. If they are needed they go where they're called to go in case of emergency, so if in Salem they will leave and go where needed.
I came to this city due to having our own police and fire department. We raised our family here for one of many reasons. That having protection and our own police and fire department.
Being a citizen of Salem I am very concerned and want my community to grow, but do you think people will come or new businesses will come in if there is no city police protection? That would be a hard decision for people who want protection for home and business.
I care and respect our city police department and want it kept that way. Also the fire department as well.
To the editor:
On behalf of Winona, we would like to thank Mr. Alan Houk and the United Local High School Band for their continual community support, and playing so beautifully at the Winona Memorial Day Ceremony.
We would like to thank the Winona Fire Department for cleaning the pavilion, chaperoning the parade and for all they do for the community.
A big thanks goes out to Brad Mcllvain for donating mulch to the Glenn Bennett Memorial Park and to Hall Park. His generous donation helps beautify our parks so that the community can come and enjoy them.
Thank you Howdie Martin for mowing Glenn Bennett Memorial Park and keeping it looking great. Lastly, thank you Stephanie Walton for your dedication and hard work in organizing the Winona Memorial Day services. All of your hard work in keeping the Glenn Bennett Memorial Park nice and safe for the community does not go unnoticed.
Winona Hall Park would like to thank the Winona Ruritans for donating money and installing playground equipment at Hall Park. It has been a huge improvement to the park, and the community is enjoying it. Thank you Lee and Elmer Stamp for fixing and painting the equipment.
Thank you to United Baseball Association for cleaning up and improving the baseball field. Everything looks great. Wishing you a wonderful season.
THE WINONA COMMUNITY
To the editor:
To the community of Salem and surrounding areas: A big thanks to all the friends and family who came out to wish me a happy 100th birthday. It was great to see so many familiar faces and recapture all the wonderful memories shared with each and every one of you throughout the years.
I would also like to thank the community for the generous donation to the community food bank and hundreds of cards sent to my home. Your thoughtfulness and fellowship truly made my day.
People should worry
about important issues
To the editor:
Drugs and alcohol are a major problem everywhere. You would think that people would be more concerned about these problems instead of smoking. Smoking is legal, while the other things are not. I would just like to know why people can't focus their energy on more serious issues. We know that it is bad for us, but, that should be our choice.
Everyone used to have equal rights but, somehow that has all changed. The smokers have now been alienated.
People should start enjoying their lives and worry about more important issues. Every time people vote for these things and our government lets this happen, so sooner or later there will be no freedom. We will end up having no rights at all in the land of the free.
DON E. TALBERT,
on oil spill in gulf
To the editor:
"Hi! I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Infamous words spoken by the EPA and applauded by Environmentalist Groups (ECO-terrorists). For three days I have read stories of the EPA and their march to rid this country of private industry.
The first is the Gulf oil spill because EPA forced oil companies to drill to far out into the ocean. If you're drilling one to five miles deep in the ocean instead of a few hundred feet under water that just stupid. The next is shutting down the refineries in Texas.
These refineries produce 30 percent of our nation's gasoline. How much do you want to pay for gas? The last is shutting down the coal mines in West Virginia. That story was in the Thursday, May 27, paper. The EPA is controlled by Congress, Hey Charlie, what about that?
WILLIAM E. EARDLEY,
'Made in China' a
cause for concern
To the editor:
Last Halloween season I noticed unfamiliar bags of candy in the grocery store.
On closer inspection, I discovered they were made in China. This concerns me primarily because of the pet food contamination crisis that we experienced in 2007. Do you think the problem has been solved?
Contrary to what our government might tell us, our food supply is at risk, and not just from Salmonella or E. coli. According to Dr. Linda Tollefson, Director of the FDA Regional Office in Europe (and vet school classmate), only 0.6 percent of foods imported into the USA are inspected. Less than one percent! Now consider that 60 percent of the apple juice used in this country today comes from China.
Apple juice happens to be the main ingredient in most children's snack drinks.
Last year an energy food bar I purchased was recalled because it contained peanut butter that may have been contaminated with Salmonella. This is a highly-regarded, homespun company that prides itself in quality. They even display the "USDA Organic" emblem on their packages. I e-mailed the company's website and asked if they used any ingredients from China.
The reply was that they search the world for the finest quality ingredients for their products. Reading between the lines, the answer was, "yes."
I sent another e-mail, this time identifying myself as a veterinarian and Air Force public health officer. I got a phone call. The representative said that, yes, they do use some ingredients from China, but she was not able to tell me what.
I replied that unless their company was "hands-on" in China, they couldn't be sure of what they were getting. Checking the USDA's Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, I discovered an interesting clause, Section 2106 (d) "Small Farmer Exemption Subsection (a)(1) shall not apply to persons who sell no more than $5,000 annually in value of agricultural products." Now, the average wage in China is $2,300. So much for the label, "USDA Organic."
Our government can only be sure of 0.6 percent of the foods imported into this country.
More and more types of foods and food ingredients allowed into the USA are originating in China. Some are moved through other Southeast Asian countries to bypass our restrictions, but the real origin is actually China. Frozen foods from China and Southeast Asia, especially frozen fish, are being imported and sold in our neighborhood stores.
China-sourced food ingredients are so pervasive in our processed foods that it's very likely the majority of processed foods contain something from that country. The Chinese don't even trust their own baby formula, yet we are expected to accept everything. Processed foods include dog and cat treats as well as other regular dog and cat foods.
It's not a bacterial contamination I worry about, but contamination with heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals we don't use in this country and don't necessarily test for. I never heard of melamine until 2007, and we weren't looking for it in the pet food supply.
Part of the current "global economy" movement in Congress is to eliminate source labeling on imported products. That would be bad. I'm waiting for the other shoe to fall.
Donald K. Allen, MS, DVM