Letters to the Editor for June 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor for June 7, 2012

Bloodmobile collects enough for 240 patients

To the editor:

The lives of two hundred forty people were effected by the 80 units of blood collected in Norwood Young America on Tuesday, May 22. Hospital patients no longer receive a unit of whole blood. When the blood arrives at North Central Blood Region each unit collected is divided into four parts: Red Cell, Plasma, Platelets and Cryoprecipitate. Medical research has shown it is more beneficial to give patients only the blood components they need to treat an illness, rather than to give multiple units of whole blood.

Thanks to those who made the day possible: Mary Lou Teubert for scheduling the appointments. Thank you also to all who assisted in any way the day of the draw, Tom Hoppe and Rich Kroells who unloaded the truck at 11 a.m., Martha Loesch, Mary Lou Teubert, Barb Kartak, LaVonne Hasse and who worked the canteen and greeter position, Angie Wischnack for working in the kitchen, Doug Kayser and his Troop of Boy Scouts who helped load the truck at the end of the day.

And a sincere thanks you to all the donors who took time out of their busy schedules to come and donate a unit of blood. A special thank you to the 10 donors that gave double red cells.

Milestone gallon pins were awarded to: Alicia Neubarth and Amber Neubarth (one gallon), Lynn Mackenthun and David Schneider (three gallons), Robert Willems and Janice Stuewe (five gallons), Bev Kosek (six gallons) and Randi Benkowski (seven gallons). If I missed someone, please let me know.

We had one first-time donor that day, Kaleigh Wirries. I hope you a had a good experience and will return often to give the precious gift of life!

Thanks you to Bongards Creamery for the cheese donation, McDonalds for donation of orange drink. The donors always look forward to your products!

Thank you all for giving the precious gift of life!

Mark your calendars, the next bloodmobile in the area will be at the Willkommen Pavilion, sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary, on Monday July 23.

LaVonne Kroells

Carver County Blood Chair

We are also judged by how we treat others

To the editor:

Two weeks ago a letter was printed from Leanne Kunze in which she called for her neighbors to elect leaders that will rise above all that is wrong with politics and get Minnesota working again. She described where she falls on the political spectrum in an attempt to illustrate that our political parties have gotten too extreme and that leaves many people feeling unrepresented.

The response? A letter from Mike Burns clearly demonstrating exactly what is wrong with politics and the extremists. This disrespectful letter was full of name calling, insults and distortions of truth. Like too many others, Mike Burns seems to think that if you don’t agree with what he thinks and his "values" you are his enemy and he must attack. Sadly, letters like this frequently grace the pages of this and other local newspapers.

Leanne Kunze is a decent person trying to be involved in her community and make a difference in this world. We all have the right to disagree with our neighbors politically – that’s one of the great things about America. How about we raise the level of discourse, have respectful discussions and not be mean-spirited with our disagreements?

For we are not only judged by the company we keep, as Mike Burns suggests, but we are also judged by how we treat others.

Laura Helmer