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Thanks to all who

supported fundraiser

The Noyes Home celebrated its first 125 years with a heartwarming fundraiser at the Civic Arena on Aug. 24.

As co-chairs of the “Take a Seat” event, we are writing to express our gratitude to all the board members, committee chairs, staff and volunteers who contributed to the evening’s success.

Time and time again, our community amazes all of us with its generosity. The “Take a Seat” celebration was but another prime example of how our community supports those in need.

There is no better gift than helping children. We are grateful for your gifts and trust that your lives have been enriched by your generosity.

Nancy Briggs

and Sandi Liechti

Co-Chairs, 2019

“Take a Seat” fundraiser

The majority wants

gun legislation

Walmart’s decision to stop selling assault weapons and their bullets certainly does not provide cover for the NRA and their followers, as reported in a Sept. 9 News-Press editorial.

No one in their right mind believes that Walmart’s decision would make more than a small dent in the rash of mass killings and gun murders that are slowly changing the way of life in this country. Nor would rational people consider that the move makes us much safer. However it does make a strong statement that drastic change is needed, sooner than later. Furthermore it incited the NRA to call the move an outrage and “shameful.” They recognize that showing public support for gun control, by enough big corporate players and citizens, endangers their “guns for everyone” policy.

The editorial, despite its conclusion that corporate America has no business pushing gun control, provided a big service to inform our legislators, and newspaper readers that citizens strongly support effective gun legislation. A majority (57%) support a ban on semi-automatic weapons. What’s more, 89% of the population supports more effective background checks, and 75% support red flag laws.

The big question then: When will our state and national legislators decide that in the United States of America the majority rules? Maybe not until voters realize that to stop the killing they need to elect responsive and responsible government representatives.

KeITh Evans

St. Joseph

Wind farms should be

set back from houses

The health and welfare of a community should be at the top of the list when considering ordinances and regulations for an industrial wind energy complex. Wind turbines produce noise, including vibrations below (infrasound) the range of human hearing. These vibrations make some people sick and have been found to have long-term negative impacts on the human body.

However, there are some people who claim that the vibrations don’t bother them. The problem is that you won’t know if you are one of those afflicted until after a wind turbine is in operation near your home, and by then it is too late to do anything about it.

The only protection you have from the wind turbines being installed by your neighbors is the setback restrictions, which are set in the beginning of a project.

I don’t know if I will be made sick by the wind turbines or how the vibrations may affect my future health or future medical equipment that I may need in my home. But this is America and I have rights too. I should not be driven out of my home because of the proximity of a wind turbine installed on my neighbor’s property.

The minimum setback should be set at 1.5 miles from all residences without written approval from both the resident and the owner. In all fairness, it should be 1.5 miles from the property line.

Some may say that this is too restrictive. The truth is that wind turbines were not designed to be shoe-horned into bedroom communities with a high population density.

Fred Campbell

Clarksdale, Missouri