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Letters to the Editor

Bring back guide, birthday listings

To the Editor:

I agree completely with the open forum letter from Lee Ball about the new TV guide. The one you carry now leaves out too much -- especially the Sunday daytime schedule.

Another thing I miss is the birthday and anniversary listings you carried the first of each month. It would be nice to have it all back again.

Lillian Greenway, Mitchell

Peace should be dream of everyone

To the Editor:

Mohandas Gandhi said "I see no poverty in the world of tomorrow, no wars, no revolutions and no blood shed and in that world, there will be a faith in God greater and deeper than ever in the past."

John Lennon said "Imagine all of the people living in peace. You may say that I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one."

Through history there have been men who have visions of peace.

Martin Luther King had a dream of peace in the world.

Lloyd Garrison published in his paper in the 1860s that all people should be equal and no human should be in bondage to another. That started a grassroots movement to end slavery.

In 1980, a small group of people started a peace vigil to bring down the Berlin wall. Other groups also held vigils until all of East Germany and some in West Germany held peace vigils all at a certain time. It was a grassroots movement that brought down the regime and the wall came down, reuniting East and West Germany.

Seeing what peace vigils could do in Germany, groups in other countries began holding peace vigils. Today, there are over 450 peace vigils in the United States. There are several peace vigils in South Dakota, such as Sioux Falls, Yankton, Rapid City, Aberdeen and Mitchell.

There is a candlelight peace vigil altar in the education building of the Mitchell Congregational United Church of Christ. The peace vigil is held every Tuesday from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

It will take a worldwide grassroots movement to have peace in the world. World peace should be the dream of all people.

Everyone is invited to attend a peace vigil. All are welcome.

Cecil Alt, Mitchell

Take time, explore your family's past

To the Editor:

October ushers in fall with its cooler weather, harvesting, football and Halloween. It is also South Dakota Archives Month.

Celebrating family history month is a time to recall family members and activities from the past and preserving it for future generations. One of the local resources available for your use is the Carnegie Resource Center at 119 W. Third Ave., Mitchell.

You may spend as much or as little time as you wish researching your family's history, getting those long outstanding questions about a relative answered, or organizing a photo album. Available at the Carnegie Resource Center to help you are cemetery records and pictures, obituaries, city directories, school census records, files on businesses and people, school yearbooks, some marriage records, Corn Palace records and pictures and newspapers.

Your local library is another source to explore for genealogical information. The Mitchell Public Library has an archives room with newspapers, county histories, obituaries and Ancestry Plus on the computers.

Tell your state representatives how much you appreciate your public library's genealogy resources.

Pam Range, Archivist, Carnegie Resource Center, Mitchell

Cancer Society looking out for all

To the Editor:

I'm glad the American Cancer Society is looking out for the public interest and the public health with its involvement on the statewide smoke-free law.

Thousands of volunteers like me have worked for years to get this law passed. We've emailed and called our lawmakers and even made trips all the way to Pierre to make our voices heard. When the law passed this year, it was a major victory not just for us, but for all South Dakota workers and the public in general.

Unfortunately, all that work is in jeopardy as a group of special interests fight to stop the law's implementation. They turned in thousands of invalid signatures to try and force a statewide vote, and now they're suing to get those invalid signatures counted. This seems like something my kids would call a "do over."

But in order for this "do over" to be fair, all sides should be allowed to make their case in court. The American Cancer Society has asked to join the case and should be let in. The society represents what most South Dakotans want: a smoke-free state (why else would opponents be unable to get enough valid signatures for the ballot?). And volunteers like myself want to be sure our side is heard just as clearly as the bigwig video lottery people's.

It's unfortunate everyone in South Dakota is being forced to wait to go smoke-free, but if this is going to play out in court the only fair thing is to make sure both sides are heard.

Karen Dimick, Platte