7-18-13 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Iwo Jima photo trivializes the men who fought there

To the editor:

When I picked up the June 27th Waconia Patriot I was surprised to see a front page picture of golfers mimicking the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. I can somewhat understand someone posing for a picture like that for their own personal use, but I am disappointed and bothered by our newspaper putting it on the front page — or actually using it at all.
Have we so so soon forgotten what happened on Iwo Jima, the terrible battles fought there, the horrendous loss of brave and very young men and the bravery of the men who made it to the top of that hill and managed to somehow hold that flag up.
Imagine the pride, when during a terrible battle, those young men looked up and saw our flag. This was an unusual battle because the Japanese had been there for a while and were attacking mostly from a whole system of underground tunnels.
If you need to be reminded of what went on in the Pacific during World War II, I would recommend reading “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand and “Dammit, we’re Marines,” a book of personal stories of the men who fought there. Norm and I were fortunate to meet Jim Gagne who was 16 years old and weighed 111 pounds when he enlisted in the Marines. His story is on Page 247.
Between the war in the Pacific and the one in Europe we lost a whole generation of young men. Let’s all pray that it will never happen again.

Ann M. Hoffman

Clarification needed on Lyme disease information

To the editor:

As a nurse in the community, ever since the article you published “One small bite can cause big problems” (May 23, 2013), I have been hearing a lot more about ticks and Lyme disease. This has especially caught my interest because I have now heard more than once that people are worried they are going to “catch” Lyme disease from someone they know.
Your article falsely mentioned that people can pass Lyme from person to person if they live in close proximity. Though it is more likely that multiple members of a family can get this disease because they were all bitten by ticks that were infected with Lyme disease at the same time, they can not pass it back and forth.
• “Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.”
• “There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from person-to-person.”
• “It is not uncommon for more than one person in a household to develop Lyme disease. This occurs because household members share the same environment where infected ticks are abundant. Patients are often unaware of having been bitten because the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are extremely small.”
• “To contract Lyme disease, an infected deer tick must bite you.”
I felt the need to pass this information along to clear things up and hopefully give some people some reassurance. Above are some references from the Center of Disease Control and Mayo Clinic — if you have more questions about Lyme disease, visit these sites.

Cherie Niesen, RN, BSN