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February 2, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

Columnist should readthe U.S. Constitution

I believe that Vicki Williams should have subtitled her Jan. 23 column, “United States of Me,” with “Bring back the USSR.”

She stated if she was a dictator, well her fifteen points would suit a dictator well. Each of her points would take a book to discuss, which is not applicable here. A suggestion for Ms. Williams and all others would be for her to read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights word for word and only word for word, with no imaginary or made up words and meanings. Also a study of the Roman Empire and the changes that were made in and to their government which caused it to collapse in a mere 40 years after 400 years of dominance of the known world of their time.

David BandelierMacy

Braving the elementsin hopes of saving a life

As we are all aware, the winter weather has taken a toll on our day-to-day activities, with school, church and business cancellations and closings.

In the first part of January, the American Red Cross was also forced to cancel numerous blood drives due to the inclement weather. This has resulted in a loss of thousands and thousands of units of blood across our region. However, the need for blood is constant, regardless of the amount of snow, wind or the temperature.

On behalf of myself and the American Red Cross, I would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the Logansport Elks Lodge #66 for its recent support it showed to us, despite the sub-zero temperatures. Our local schools were closed, but the Elks Lodge stepped up to the plate and hosted its blood drive anyway.

Not only did members host their scheduled drive, but they went above and beyond in recruiting donors to ensure that we achieved our goal for the day. Not only did we achieve our goal, but we were able to exceed the goal by several units. My most sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Don Raderstorf and Ken Shaffer from the Elks for supporting this drive when it would have been easier to cancel; to Amy Roland for coordinating this event time after time for us and always doing an exceptional job; and to Kim Wolf for volunteering her time to help out with registration and canteen.

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