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Your Letters: May 22

8:09 PM, May 21, 2013  |  Comments
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ACS turns 100

Today, May 22, the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th birthday. After 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays, the Society has led the way and worked tirelessly to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.

The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Since 1946, the Society has invested more than $3.6 billion in cancer research nationwide.

Each year, the Society helps cancer patients everywhere get the help they need when they need it. For example, last year alone nearly 1 million people who called for help were assisted with free services like a place to stay while traveling for treatment, rides to treatment, emotional support, and much more.

One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society bravely started the fight of a lifetime. Now it's time to boldly join together to finish the fight. Relay For Life is the world's largest movement to end cancer. Relay unites 3.5 million people across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and to fight back against cancer.

Help us celebrate the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society locally by forming a team for the Relay For Life of Door County. Visit www.relayforlife.org/doorcountywito sign up a team or dedicate a luminaria in memory or honor of someone who has battled cancer, or in honor of a caregiver for someone who has battled cancer.

At its core, the Society is a grassroots force of passionate volunteers who work hard to help save lives from cancer. I am very proud to be part of the world's largest movement to end cancer once and for all.

It will take each and every one of us to come together to finish the fight. Join us at the Relay For Life of Door County on June 7 at John Miles County Park and fight back against a disease that impacts so many in our community.

Debby Wegner

Committee member, Relay for Life of Door County

Team captain, Bay Pharmacy Walkers

Sturgeon Bay

Center-pivot systems dangerous

The Door County Environmental Council, which has been protecting our environment since 1970, would like to have the record indicate our strong opposition to the proposal to allow animal and other waste be utilized through the method of liquid high-pressure spray through central pivot or other method utilizing spray.

The board of directors unanimously defined our position: that this practice would violate all of the common constraints that are in place to protect public health and welfare. It is not in the best interests of all of the citizens who would have to endure living in the area of these pivot systems, because of health concerns and the general stench that is associated with liquid waste from animal operations.

The known toxins that are contained in the putrid soup that is held in the lagoons are thriving in that environment, and to even consider allowing these toxins and microbes to enter the atmosphere seems bordering on ludicrous. The operation of these high-intensity animal ghettos is conducive to mass infection of quick-traveling disease, along with the natural microbes that are present and thriving exponentially in the contents of the lagoon, makes this concept irrational to modern human occupancy of surrounding homes and communities.

I am basing the comments on the knowledge that surreptitious utilization of modern antibiotics, as would be necessary to keep these animals in high production, means that most of the antibiotic residue WILL remain in the waste and be passed on into the atmosphere along with the chemicals used for cleaning equipment. Chlorine gas, methane, ammonia, hydrochloric and sulfuric acid and a host of chlortetracycline feed supplements will be a part of the soup.

For the board of directors,

Jerome M. Viste

Sturgeon Bay

Recent headlines

Door County leads the state of Wisconsin in binge drinking.

Door County leads the state of Wisconsin in unemployment.

Mental health is Door County's No. 1 health concern.

Deaths by suicide are significantly higher in Door County than the statewide average.

Welcome to Door County.

J.J. Redmann

Cottage Grove

Tax dollars fund Middle East deaths

Several weeks ago I dropped you a line about Secretary of State Kerry showering Egypt with billions of dollars more in military aid. You'll be happy to know your tax dollar immediately went to work in the form of a $2.5 million sale of American-made tear gas canisters to Egypt's military. As future civil rights demonstrators are fleeing, crying and gagging from Cairo's Tahir Square, they will now have an appreciation of what aid from the land of the free is all about.

America's annual military aid to Egypt is $1.5 billion - Kerry's gift added to $1.7 billion in additional aid totals $3.2 billion.

Also since my recent rendering, Secretary of Defense Hagel is facilitating Israel's killing capabilities by pushing forward an additional $10 billion arms package to that country. Presently our annual stipend to Israel is $3.5 billion, totaling $13.5 billion.

Consequently, a total of $16.7 billion is flowing from the U.S.

Treasury to the land of the Pharaohs and the Holy Land.

The irony of these tax dollars is they are literally the sweat off the brows of America's work force. More irony is that the Republican budget hawks who are fighting hard to ax all entitlement programs raised nary a protest over President Obama's gifting these two countries with public money

America's military aid to Israel and Egypt has only one purpose - killing and maiming men, women and children of the Middle East, along with the often brutal subjugation of 5 million Palestinians. How a country that boasts it is the most Christian nation in the world can sit idly by as our tax dollars are used for such horrific purposes is a national shame. That speaks to our calloused indifference towards the people of other nations.

Ed Hodges

Appleton and Washington Island

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15%
576 votes
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23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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