There is one thing that bothers me very much about moving the Grand Island Veterans Home from Grand Island to Kearney. I’m unsure whether the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Island is to remain in Grand Island, when the living veterans are transferred to Kearney.
My knowledge about men in combat is that they vow never to leave another soldier behind, whether living or dead. So the question I have is this. How do the veterans now living in Grand Island feel about being moved to Kearney and leaving their Brothers in Arms behind in the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Island?
Have they been asked?
Geraldine L. Sader Aurora
History of Tooley Park revealing
Upon reading the letter to the editor about Tooley Park. I thought it might be interesting to some of the folks as to when the park first started.
I don’t remember the year, that the Marquette Volunteer Fire Dept. started taking care of the park. We mowed with our push mowers and then a little later on we had a riding mower. Virgil Anderson and myself usually were the ones down there and doing the mowing as it seemed that we had more spare time than the other fellows.
After a short period of time we thought it would be nice to have drinking water, so we purchased a 20-foot piece of pipe, and Walt Gustafson had a sand point that he donated to the cause. We dug down about 2 feet and placed the sand point in the center and proceeded to drive the pipe down about 12 feet and we had a small pitcher pump that I had gotten a hold of and proceeded to pump it out. It worked pretty well and then more people started using the park. At that time several families had air boats and that of course interested more folks.
Virgil and I tried to keep it mowed as good as we could. During this time a picnic table or two were donated and also an old outhouse. Then the vandalism started and tables were burned or thrown into the river. I lost track of the number of water pumps that we placed on that piece of pipe, I know of at least 5 or so. Someone seemed to think that it was great sport to take their high powered rifles and shoot the pumps and break them up. After several years of this, we kind of fizzled out. But the Marquette fire dept. group continued on for a while, and then I believe Tom Sherman became interested and as it was surrounded by Tooley Land it seemed to change name and people to care for it. We, while we were disappointed about the vandalism we still enjoyed the work that we put in at the park.
I sincerely hope that people will continue to use the park and enjoy it.
Don Tuttle Marquette
Show support for cancer research
Have you ever known a child with cancer? Have you ever wished there was something more that you could do to help?
On Feb. 6, the State Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing to discuss LB764, which is a bill sponsored by Sen. Danielle Conrad transferring $1.8 million from the cash reserve to UNMC specifically for pediatric cancer research.
I have sent an email to every state senator asking for them to either co-sponsor or support this bill as it progresses. I’m not asking for a donation, what I’m asking is for you to send an email to the members of the Appropriations Committee asking them for the same before their meeting on Thursday.
My oldest son died fighting cancer in 2011. The chemotherapy actually killed him before the cancer could, but pursuing further treatment was our choice. That is a surreal choice to make. Do I let my child die from the cancer or try another chemotherapy protocol that might also kill them? My son chose to fight.
The loss of any child is a tragedy and some tragedies we cannot control. Finding better treatment protocols is something we should be able to control, but research takes time and money. No one can give someone more time, but we can find ways to raise money for research. We need to find treatments that won’t kill the patient while killing the cancer.
The survival rate is improving for pediatric cancer patients, but it’s not 100 percent so the job is not done. We need your help to move this forward.
Email addresses for the Appropriations Committee members:
Do something meaningful today to help someone.
Gary Peters Aurora
Youth volunteers appreciated
A special thanks to the members of the Hampton Fire Department for all the extra hours of fighting fires during the recent days of extremely strong gusty winds.
And thanks to them, also, for always being on call at any time day or night, sometimes dealing with ugly situations and even death. We greatly appreciate the time and energy they give to the community for our safety, while often not knowing the circumstances they may have to cope with when going out on a call.
Another group that deserves a bit of recognition is a group of teens who were using their Sunday afternoon cleaning the Hampton school grounds where there were great piles of corn husks. One girl was tromping down the husks in a huge load they already had gathered while several others of the group were off picking up more husks.
When asked who was directing them to do this job, she said they just thought it needed to be done. What a refreshing answer. They were volunteering their time and energy and receiving no pay. Thanks to them for using their vim and vigor in such a positive way.
Singspiration a wonderful event
Dear Editor: Wasn’t that recent Singspiration in Aurora just wonderful?
All the wonderful talent there is here in our little community. You go to your church, and I will go to mine, but let’s all sing together.