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Letter to the Editor

November 20, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor:

As the holidays approach, many of us will gather with family and friends. More often than not, these gatherings will include reminiscences about loved ones, sharing family stories and traditions. Remembrances from joyful times also play an important role in difficult times, especially at the end of life.

Hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, a time to help raise awareness of quality care at the end of life and celebrate those who provide hospice and palliative care to those in our community.

Cedar Valley Hospice is privileged to offer care and support during one of life's most challenging journeys. During National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, we thank the many people who entrust Cedar Valley Hospice in Making Each Moment Matter in the lives of patients facing an advanced illness, their families and those who grieve.


Marvin Fagerlind, LISW

Executive Director, Cedar Valley Hospice.

Letter to the Editor

Anyone in the state wanting a license or permit for anything has to prove they are qualified to have one. This is done by making them take a test or in some cases, multiple tests. Everyone, that is, except hunters. The only requirement the DNR has to get a hunting license is the ability to pay for one. I would like to see the DNR's policy of 'ask no questions' changed by the implementation of the following four things before issuing a hunting license:

-Insure no convicted felons obtain licenses

-A picture ID test to see if they can differentiate between game and non-game animals such as cows, horses, dogs, etc.

-Require taking the 500 question M.M.P.I. test. If they fail, must seek psychiatric help (This is required at some secure facilities!)

-Drug and alcohol screening.

Why should the people living in rural Iowa have to put up with alcoholics, drug addicts and nut cases running around with loaded weapons killing anything that moves. These four things should at least weed out the killers of family pets and farm animals.

Cordially, Merle Wilson



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