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page A6 -- Sioux County Index-Reporter OPINION/EDITORIAL Wednesday, January~ Jane Ver Steeg, General FROM MY POINT OF VIEW waist. One month later ... was the month after Christmas, and all through the house Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I'd nibbled, sweets I just had to taste At the holiday parties had gone to my When I got on the scales there arose such a number! When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber), I remembered the marvelous meals I'd enjoyed With gravies and sauces I chose not to avoid. The sweets and the curbs, the bread and the cheese Instead of "No thank you" I'd responded "yes please." As 1 dressed myself in a baggy sweatshirt And prepared once again to work out ' til I hurt I said to myself, as I only can "Remember this now and don't do it again!" So --- away with the chip dip, On water I sip, Food must be banished 'Til the poundage has vanished. I won't have a cookie -- not even a lick. I'll only chew on a long celery stick. 1 won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread or pie, 1'11 munch on a carrot and quietly cry. l,m hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore --- But isn't that what January is for? Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. Happy 2002 to all and to all a good diet! Did you know? "Starting out on the right foot" is a term from the ancient Romans, who believed that entering a building with the left foot was bad luck. They took the belief to extremes, even stationing guards known as "footmen" at the entrances of buildings to make sure every visitor "started out on the right foot." Quote of the week You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be and do in the tomor- rows of your life. (Author Unknown) LETTER TO THE EDITOR ........ , Dear Editor: Congratulations go out to all who participated in the Jan. 15 blood drive. We thank Western Christian High School for hosting the drive and thank the stu- dents and faculty for giving the "gift of life." Realistically, tragedies occur everyday to families throughout our community and our nation. Car acci- dents, cancer patients, bum victims, organ transplants, and bone marrow transplants are just some of the incidences in which someone may need a blood trans- fusion. This is when something as simple as a blood donation can change the lives of families encounter- ing such tragedies. The Siouxlgnd Community Blood Bank looks to schools and communities such as yours which consistently produce strong blood drives. It is greatly appreciated and assists with our blood supply. Thank You. The Siouxland Community Blood Bank appreciates the participation and partnership of the Western Christian High School in supplying a safe and ready blood supply to Siouxland. Thank You! Sincerely, Megan Zalme, Donor Consultant '4 Sioux County (USPS 497-320) Established as the Pattersonville Press by D.A. I4(. Perkins in February, 1879. Published as the Index since 1897. Published weekly at 1310 1st Street, P.O. Box 420, Hull, Iowa, 51239. Phone (712) 439-1075 or (712) 472-2525. Fax (712) 439-2001. Periodicals postage paid at Hull. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sioux County Index-Reporter, P.O. Box 420, Hull, Iowa 51239-0420. OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other times by appoint- ment only. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $23 a year, $41 for two years in carrier delivery area. $26 per year, $48 for two years for area mail delivery. Elsewhere in the U.S,A. $34 a year, $61 for two years. Randy M. Cauthron, Editor Chelly Oroeneweg, Office Mgr. Pam Dykstra, Advertising Sales Verdona Kelly, Pr uction Angela Sippel, Ad C position Jeanne Visser, Contributing Writer Jane Ver Steeg, General Manager PUBLISHED BY THE LYON-SIOUX PRESS Member National Newspaper Association and National Newspaper Association INDEX-REPoRTER ONLINE! CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEB PAGE - WWW.LYON-SIOUXPRESS.COM LJPDATED EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING Story ideas, letters to the editor, comments and information... Reach the at ! A LITI'LE To Randy M. Cauthron Punish dealers, don't make their practice legal ver the weekend 1 was channel surfing between games -- the Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh and St. Louis vs. Green Bay games to be more precise -- and I came across a VH 1 program, not sure which one it was, that included a discussion with former 80s "teen heartthrob" Leif Garrett describing his second drug bust, this time attempting to purchase crack cocaine. Garrett grinned as he told the story of his attempted transaction. "All of sudden someone was tapping me on the shoulder and telling me to put my hands behind my back. Then the cop looked at my face and said, 'Hey, weren't you just on one of those Where Are They Now? shows.' I said, 'Ya.' And he said, 'Hey, you know where you are now?' Cops can be so funny sometimes. I didn't think it was real funny then though." Me neither. I don't find it funny that some- body who had it all can throw it all away for the love of drugs. Okay, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration. He wasn't somebody who had it all -- I mean, hey folks, we're talking about Leif Garrett here --- but he did have more than most and threw it all away in order to pursue his love for drugs. I guess that comes from not having a great deal of experience with drugs. But I have seen first hand what they've done to some past friends and acquaintances of mine. As a result of what I've seen and my limited experience, I'm concerned that drugs are without a doubt the scourge of our society and one that seems to transition from generation-to-generation. And when you talk about ways to deal with the various drug problems and issues that face our country, it seems to be a matter of"which came first, the chicken or the egg." Is it a prob- lem with supply or a problem with demand? Is it a problem with the consumer, the drug pur- chaser; or is it a problem with the dealer, the guy who makes his profit by dealing addiction and often times death? Then, of course, you have the on-going push for the legalization of drugs so that profits can be collected easily, the "product" can be regu- lated, and Uncle Sam can get his due cut of the pie. That's just simple insanity. Take some- thing that destroys peoples lives, takes normal people and turns them into mental and finan- cial slaves, and make it available to everyone. Am I missing something? First of all, we need to deal with the users. If there is no demand, there would be no need for suppliers. Users break the law when they first begin using the illegal substances, but after a while, the use of drugs becomes a phys- ical and psychological craving. What might have started as a way to escape the realities of day-to-day life becomes the dramatic and con- trolling reality of their day-to-day life. For some young people, the thrill of challenging the law and living on the edge, or trying some- thing new is more than just pushing the law. In time it becomes a part of their life -- a part of their life that they can't control. In many cases, the drug users' need to get high becomes so great that they turn to a life of crime -- robbing, stealing or pros- tituting to get the money necessary to "get their fix." It becomes more than a casual want, it becomes a disease that controls their life. Once they're hooked, they need our help and care toget well and unfortunately our lock-up system doesn't provide that. So I guess that leaves the dealer as the target area. So how do you deal with the dealer? Harshly. And right now, our court system does- n't seem to deal too tough with the dealers. Many times they get a sizeable sentence but then find the vast majority of their time sus- pended. For the money the dealers make, a couple of weeks in jail and the fine which is minimal by comparrison to their income, does- n't seem to be getting the job done. Our nation talks about getting tough on drugs, getting tough on the dealers; but until we deal with the nature of the beast, we won't even come close to changing things. First of all, drug dealers pedal death. Okay, maybe not in the sense that when you take the drug the first time you fall over dead; but in time, drugs will ruin one's life in a variety of ways already mentioned and in many cases can lead to death. Drug dealers are murderers, but different than some guy pulling a trigger or wielding a knife to get the job done, they disguise their lust for money as the providing of a service that in time will destroy lives and, yes, even kill. Treat drug dealers like attempted murderers for that is what they are. Punish them the same way, remove them from society and you will have that dime-bag dealer thinking twice before making that sell which often serves as the starting point for younger kids. Don't think it's a problem around here? Open your eyes. It's going on here too, around your children and grandcl'dldren. Speak out! Bob Vander Schaaf, Columnist I I I I Ill Illlllllll I Illlllll II FROM WHERE I STAND had some trouble with my email so didn't know if this got thru earlier or not. If it did and this is a repeat, forgive me. I found out last week that I have lost a dear friend. As it turns out. I lost her near- ly a year ago but the news of her passing just Fad not reached me. When it did, it left me sad- dened and reflective. Her name was Cecilia. In many ways we were the unlikeliest of friends. I was born and raised in Dutch NW Iowa while she was born amidst sagebrush and rocks in the great Southwest. Cecilia was a member of the Jicarilla (hick-a ree-a) Apache tribe which makes its home on the border between Colorado and New Mexico. How old was she? Frankly, I,m not sure and it's very possible no one else is either. You see, she was born in a time and place where people didn't keep track of such things. I know for a fact that her husband, Kay Kle, has no known birth date. He's still living, and in terms of his age, about all you can say is that he's old as dirt. My wife and I came to know Cecilia dur- ing our years of mission work on her reser- vation. As we got to know her she would occasionally give us glimpses of her life story. It was fascinating. One time she related how, when her sister died as a little girl, her father wrapped the body in blan- kets, put in on the back of a pack horse and rode off into the mountains. There, as was customary of the Jicarillas, he placed the body in a rocky crevice, covered it with brush and left it. Cecilia herself was a delightful blend of ancient Indian ways and modem times. She worked for the tribal tourism depamnent. Each work day she would punch in on a time clock and then sit down to practice the ancient art of weaving baskets made from sumac she had cut from the river bank. The baskets were extraor- dinary in their craftsmanship with some of the best ones bringing nearly $1,000 in price. When we met her, she and Kay Kle were living in run down old shack that looked like it could col- lapse at any moment hut nonetheless sported their monstrous satellite TV dish right beside it. The incongruous nature of that arrangement never seemed to dawn on her. Sometimes her little house would he filled with elk jerky hang- ing on drying ropes strung around the kitchen. She had several nice picture frames on the wall but when we went to examine the photos in them we realized that the chic looking people pictured were not acquaintances of hers but rather, they were the sample pictures retailers put in the frames. Cecilia didn't realize you k, ere supposed to take those out and put your own in. She was a treasure, I tell you. I can still hear her chortle as she listened to my clumsy attempts to pro- nounce the one Jicarilla phrase I managed to learn: "Dona teen ta ko" (sp?) which means "Don't be silly!'" Most importantly, I remember her as a faith- ful and devout member of the little mission church we were serving. According to a story passed down from other missionaries, she once attended a church event in Michigan where she was put on the spot with this question: Which do you think is better ... the Indian way or the white man's way? In Solomonic wisdom Cecilia replied, "'I think the best way is the Christian way." Who can argue with that? Cecilia was a fre- quent guest in our home and my wife, Bonnie, and her got along famously. They used to spend hours and hours over coffee around our kitchen table. I can.still picture them there. To think that those two are now together again in glory brings tears to my eyes. is there the slightest doubt in my mind that they are? Dona teen ta ko. Have your voice heard! Write a letter to the editor. Send to: Index-Reporter, P.O. Box 42o, Hull, Iowa 51239 i ii .... Dwayne State CAPITOL OVERNOR'S BUllET??? As usual, the Capitol business in high gear, as it should slated to run for 90 days normal length of 100 days. There to accomplish and the challenge to get the job done with lessening It's always good to enter the Session with a attitude. The Governor's budget will be released on Jan. 18, so this column is being written before information is disclosed. This is an his part. Normally the legislature is informed budget while we are in session during the The Governor lists education as a top is commendable. I agree with him and see substantially more money for education, don't see how we do it given the limited available. It did not appear that education was l TOP budget priority for Governor Vilsack lasV, it seemed to be a salary increase to state This year he is proposing to increase 12 education, community colleges, the tuition It program and the Regents' universities. Even when state revenues were exceeding the state was receiving more money than it it is likely all of these things could not be does the Governor possibly expect to get ~t year when there is little or no money for increases in the budget? Iowa is also facing a major problem with its Medicaid program. The Department of Services (DHS) is projecting there will be at $25 million shortfall. On top of that, the to implement the 4.3 percent across the boar& ordered by the Governor last November. That i DHS still has to find an additional $ cuts. Medicaid costs are exploding finds a long-term solution to the spiraling Medicaid, those costs have the potential to all new state revenues in the near reasons for the rising costs of Medicaid are prescription drug costs, increasing numbers Iowans receiving assistance, and the on the part of the DHS leadership. Last fall Gov. Vilsack and legislative formed a bipartisan work group to develop a: to the Medicaid problem. The work group DHS Director Jessie Rasmussen. The work developed a plan to save $38 million by transfers, program cuts, and the elimination Medicaid services. Go'v. Vilsack has refused endorse the plan arid has mail legislators by implementing a 13.2 provider reimbursement rates. This rate cut into effect Feb. 1 unless the Legislature finds ! funding necessary to avoid the $18.6 House Republican leadership has refused at to he bullied by the Governor's see bow the Governor addresses the problen budget proposal for FY'03 before making For those of you wishing to contact me is State Rep. Dwayne Aions, State Capitol, Moines, IA 50319. My telephone number is 3221. My e-mail address is Kenneth Veenstra, Third State NEWSLETTER reetings everyone from the Iowa This week we began the second of the 79th General Assembly. budget shortfall, this year cially challenging. I.believe will he a year for opportunity. Opportunity to further a government bureaucracy that has for the years been growing at a rate.faster, than rate. That is part of the reason we are facing crisis this year. The other reason is a failure pate the economic recession that severel S~ revenue. There's another reason why I think we mistic. In the'effort to cut the size of have the opportunity to examine closely the of programs and services that may have to being funded from year to year without tioning their need or relevance. Generally heads are very reluctant to cut any forced to do so by the xecutive or In all ess, I should say that many to exercise cost cutting legislation for votes in special constituency groups. My role in the Iowa Senate continues to marily on Human Service. I conunue as Human Service budget sub. for the Senate. our biggest challenge is to fmd lion to pay for the Medicaid expenses than anticipated. This money must come rent fiscal year budget to satisfy our statute. S0me'savings can be realized from appropriations that are not expected to be their original purpose, however program services will also have to pay the bills. This becomes even you realize that most of the Medicaid Iowa's citizens who are aged means from which to pay for their care. As elected officials we must continually selves what the role of government should As always I encourage your response or concerning these or other issues that you me to be aware of You may call be at 737-2331, my Orange City office (712) 73 the State House (515) 281-3371 or e-maiL kveenst@legis..state.ia.us