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Theft takes fair fun away

I am writing this letter with a knot in my stomach. I had taken some exhibits to the Stevens county fair for my dad this past week. He does some painting on saw blades and other items which I really enjoy looking at as having someone who can do things like this in my family is a blessing. We thought it would be a good idea to bring them to the fair for others to enjoy, but to our dismay when we got to the fair on Sunday to pick them up we had found that someone had stolen one. I understand that they can not be responsable for such things, but I just can not believe that someone would stoop to that level and steal from a county fair. What is this world coming to? The only thing we can figure is that this individual needed this painting more then we did. I just hope they are enjoying it as much as we did, and next time they think about doing this I wish they would think about the people they are hurting by stealing an exhibit they worked so hard on. It is also sad to say that because of this we may not be bringing these paintings back for others to enjoy.

Teresa Geyer

Benson

Thanks from fair board

The Stevens County Fair is once again history. We would like to thank all the fair patrons who came out and visited the fair. We hope you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you to the vendors who came and set up informational booths as well as the food vendors. Once again the food was delicious. Thank you to all the businesses who sponsored an event or gave a donation to the Stevens County Fair. Without your donations we couldn't bring in the wide variety of entertainment that we do.

We must not forget our biggest supporter, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. And last, but not least, the Stevens County Fairboard members. Their endless hours of dedicated service are appreciated more than words can say.

The fair did have one event that was not good. Someone, who was not the owner, took an exhibit out of the Open Class building during the fair. I hope that person appreciates the hard work that went into that exhibit. If your conscience gets the best of you, you can always bring the painting back to the fair office, no questions will be asked.

It takes everyone coming together to make this event happen. Thanks again for a wonderful fair. We hope to see you again in 2011.

Steve Storck

Mary Hill

Stevens County Fairboard

U.S. can do better

Jeff Lamberty, chair of the Stevens County DFL, apparently wants Morris, Stevens County and the State of Minnesota to print its official records in scores of foreign languages ("Living in Bill's Minnesota," Letters to the Editor, Aug. 14 Sun Tribune).

If so, Spanish speaking people in the county and state probably would be the first to ask for all documents to be printed in Spanish. But then, who is stopping others to ask for the documents to be in their native language: Somali, Farzi, Russian -- the list is endless. In San Francisco, I'm told, people may vote in 57 languages.

Do we really want to produce all documents in 57 languages here? I think not, but apparently if Jim Thoreen defeats Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen in the November election, that is possible, as English probably would not be Minnesota's official language. Lamberty apparently is speaking for Thoreen when he writes against Minnesota having English as the official language. So, if you'd like Minnesota to have one official language, vote for Sen. Ingebrigtsen. If you'd like documents to be printed in scores of foreign languages, vote for Thoreen.

Also, Lamberty makes fun of Ingebrigtsen's bill to require that the state legislature OK any federal bill/law that affects Minnesotans. Lamberty says he thinks eight representatives and two senators represent us quite well.

I'm not certain of that. With so many bills coming out of Congress that affect us deeply, maybe we'd have better laws if we had more local control, such as our 67 state senators and our 134 state representatives voting on the bills Congress passes. Seems to me 201 Minnesota men and women would know more what we need in Minnesota than just 10 men and women.

Hmmm, and Lamberty says the present system has worked out "relatively well for the last 221 years." Some of us would disagree.

Ted Storck

Morris

Organ donation vital

Mike Greiner was very lucky to get kidney and pancreas transplants ("Organ donation inspiration for Greiner's year-long adventure," Aug. 14 Sun Tribune). There are now over 108,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50 percent of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is another good way to put a big dent in the organ shortage: If you don't agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 50 percent of the organs transplanted in the U.S. go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88.

David J. Undis

Nashville, Tenn.

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