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Letters to the Editor

Change clocks, check safety items

To the Editor:

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety would like to remind you that daylight saving time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1. That means it's time to change your clocks. But it also means it might be time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

To check the batteries in your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, just press the test button on the detector. If the alarm doesn't sound, replace the batteries. If replacing the batteries doesn't solve the problem, it's time to replace the unit.

Please take the time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It's a quick and inexpensive way to keep your home safe.

Remember, change your clock, change your batteries.

Steve Willis, Assistant Fire Chief, Mitchell

Unhappy about TV guide decision

To the Editor:

I wish to join Lee Ball, Naomi Dorale and many of your other subscribers that I have heard from who are very disappointed that your paper has dropped out TV guide. Many of us now have no idea what is being programmed or when, and must go through the stations to see what is on. We all subscribed to your paper, which included the TV guide, and now have been let down to have it deleted.

Maybe if enough readers let you know that we need the TV guide, you can find a way to get it back for us. We are a bunch of unhappy subscribers.

Carol Carter, Carthage

Lucky to have Carnegie in town

To the Editor:

In October at the Carnegie Resource Center we honor Oscar Howe. I have had the privilege of first listening to John Day from the Arts Department of the University of South Dakota describe for us Oscar's art; Dean Knutson of the Fine Arts Department came the following year and described for us Oscar the man, and this past Monday, Eddie Welch, director of the Oscar Howe Memorial Association, came also.

I feel so privileged, not having personally met Mr. Howe, to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Howe's professional associates and learn of him.

We are very privileged to have a facility like the Carnegie Resource Center in our community.

One of the unique features is the mural, "Sun and Clouds Over Hills," that Oscar Howe did as a WPA project. It was restored in the late 1970s and is a very brilliant piece of art.

The Carnegie, the Historical Society and Genealogical Society all give countless volunteer efforts. The payoff shows in the upkeep of the old quartzite Carnegie Library building.

Ron Fuchs, Mitchell

U.S. lawmakers must get realistic

To the Editor:

Unless our lawmakers in Washington get realistic and do something about our national debt, this country is going to be in real trouble like you have never seen before. The government paid $190 billion in interest on our national debt last year, and at the rate Washington is spending our money, it will soon be double that.

No company or government can exist very long constantly spending more money than it takes in. Obama says we are making headway on the recession, but we are going deeper in debt every day and our unemployment is up to 10.8 percent. We are losing jobs because our wages are too high and we cannot compete in the world markets. Every time we raise the minimum wage, our cost of living goes up, and more of our jobs leave the country to where the cheap labor is.

Now the unions are pushing hard to get the law passed that will eliminate the secret ballot in union elections. That in effect would force everybody to join the unions or face the consequences, which could be severe, as we have seen in the past.

If we had put my recommended tax plan of raising the present tax on personal incomes over $250,000 1 percent for every $100,000 after the first $250,000, five years ago, we would not have the national debt that we have now. Also, it would help if we had all the taxes owed on all the money the multi-millionaires and billionaires have hidden away in overseas banks. We owe China alone over $800 billion. Mexico has already taken over a big share of our language. Maybe China will be next.

John Zilverberg, Highmore

Be accurate when dialing in Mitchell

To the Editor:

I think that most local people realize that Mitchell phone numbers may begin with a prefix of 995 or 996. However, many do not read the prefix carefully.

Here is my experience: Since Central Plains has been in business, their number has a prefix of 995. My number has a prefix of 996. Otherwise the numbers are alike.

Yesterday, my much-needed nap was interrupted by someone who should have called 995-****. The day before, it interrupted a back massage.

I have had as many as three such calls in a day.

There are a man and a woman who have done it so much that when they hear my voice they say, "Oh, oh, I should have done 995." Is that an oversight or is it deliberate?

This has gone on since Central Plains began, and that is over a year ago. So please, persons who use Mitchell telephone numbers, be accurate in your reading and dialing telephone numbers. I am sure that I am not the only one having this problem.

Dorothy Malde, Mitchell

Congress: Slow down, get it right

To the Editor:

Does anyone remember when health-care reform turned into health-insurance reform? They are not really the same thing.

Health-care reform is a comprehensive look at the factors in the cost of health care, not only for the government, but for individuals.

All I hear about now is health-insurance reform. Health insurance really only reflects the cost of health care. It doesn't set the cost. Reforming health insurance before reforming the whole health-care industry is like trying to set gas prices at the pumps while ignoring the rest of the oil industry.

If the truth be known, the main people trying to keep insurance premiums in check are the insurance industry. By strict underwriting -- which charges more for those who require more medical costs -- and networks which require lower negotiated charges, the insurance premiums for the vast majority are kept lower.

Everybody wants all to have low health-care costs. Don't let anyone tell you that you can have lower health-care costs and universal coverage. It's a lie, a fantasy; there is no free lunch.

Rushing this legislation through Congress, even if it doesn't increase the budget deficit, could drastically increase the cost to individuals.

I would like Congress to slow down, look at all the options and get it right.

Mark Hegge, Platte