Thanks for Search
and Rescue, prayers
My wife, Lois, and I want to thank Polk County Search and Rescue for organizing the search for our 4-year-old grandson, who decided to take a hike on May 29.
The child traveled two miles from home through some rough terrain and into a neighbor's field. Our black Labrador stayed with him at all times through his ordeal.
Both child and dog are doing fine.
Once again, we offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers and support.
Parents' work makes
DHS party a success
The Dallas High School senior parents put on a wonderful Senior All-Night Party May 30-31 after graduation. After the long nights and many hours of setting up, the parents and community pulled off one of the best parties in town.
I would like to thank each and every parent who put time into making our last event together the most memorable night of our lives.
Special thanks to Andra Tom, who put in countless hours with the amazing decorations and to her art classes at LaCreole for all their talent and effort with the posters and paintings.
Also, thank you to the local businesses for their donations. It couldn't have happened without you.
Thank you all so much. Words can't express how much everything meant to us.
a vast wasteland
Television has become such a wasteland that it defies understanding.
We have dozens of TV programs that rely on shock and horror. If I want examples of terrible behavior between humans, I can watch the news.
What about nature shows? How many times do I have to see a cheetah strangling a gazelle to understand that raw nature is a tough place? And hyenas finishing off a lion kill -- do I really have to hear the crunch of bones?
Most of the current so-called "situation comedies" are so unfunny that if it weren't for the "laugh-track" I wouldn't know when to laugh.
Reality shows? We already have hundreds of unskilled professional actors. Now they expect me to watch unskilled amateurs who seek stardom because they have a pretty face.
There are probably a dozen hour-long dramatic shows that I enjoy. Each comes out with about 20 new shows a year. Well, hooray for them.
I understand the necessity of showing commercials to pay the bills, but it has gotten so out-of-hand that I now record everything. Using the fast-forward feature, a half-hour program takes about 18 minutes to play back. Hour-long shows sometimes take 40 minutes. And all the pharmaceutical advertisements ... yuck. It's enough to make me sick.
Sports? I have a choice of watching ex-jocks sitting at a table talking about sporting events, or I can listen to a live game. Surely there must be an ex-athlete who speaks understandable English. Well, maybe not.
Probably the worst thing about current television is the reruns. I don't have the patience to do a time-study, but I'd be willing to bet that way more than 50 percent of what is broadcast are reruns -- probably more than 75 percent.
What a waste of a fantastic medium.
Store's staff goes
the extra mile
The staff at the Independence Town & Country True Value saved me time, expense and frustration, as well as my ability to see.
On Memorial Day, I was purchasing products to repair my home and one of the lenses of my glasses popped out on the counter. The staff took it in stride, opened an eyeglass repair kit, and secured my lens back into the frame. Jared, Al and Tammy all took turns working with a tiny screw and tiny screw driver. This went well above and beyond expected customer service.
Jerry has saved me hours of time and frustration by providing clear instructions and advice on drywall repair, faucet replacement, staining and product usage. His humor and encouragement support my own ability to make the needed repairs and improvements.
We have been to big-box stores and other local hardware stores. Town & Country True Value's customer service, expertise and friendliness is a model to emulate.
Once again, sincere, hometown values bring customers back and hopefully garner new ones.
Dallas is very much
still a special place
I'm sure when we see the homeless, the hungry, the unemployed, we internalize our feelings and thoughts in many different ways.
I personally found the letter last week from a Dallas writer ("Big-city eyesores invading our town," June 3 Itemizer-Observer) to be disturbing.
I am sorry the writer sees people as "eyesores," and thinks panhandling could be "prevented" with "strictly enforced ordinances." But the wonderful little Dallas that I know is far from "doomed," as the writer puts it.
My experience in this very generous community is that every church, school, organization and person that reaches out to the impoverished and humble among us thrives.
As for those visual reminders: well, they always leave me with a feeling of how grateful and thankful I am for all I have, and how I should do more to help those that do not.
Thanks to all for
help with toy drive
I want to thank everyone who helped me with my community service project. This is the second year that my friends and I organized a toy drive for Shriners Hospital.
We went to the elementary schools in our area and collected 295 toys. We believe that this experience helped not only the kids at the hospital, but the kids that donated to it.
Two of our members, Catherine Cutsforth and myself, have been patients at Shriners Hospital for Children. We know from experience that toys and stuffed animals can brighten your day.
Shriners is an amazing hospital that runs off donations. We wanted to help.
I would like to thank the members of my group -- Ana Wright, Ceana Baxter, Catherine Cutsforth, Melissa Whitaker and Kalli Deignan. I would also like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Cutsforth, for helping us along the way. And, of course, thank you to all who donated toys to our cause.
in schools is sad
As a person who spent the first years of his career teaching music in Dallas, it was such a surprise to see that elementary music is being eliminated from the schools.
Talk about critical. Research indicates that the prime years for brain development in music occur in ages 3 to 11 -- preschool through sixth grade.
Children lose music aptitude during primary years if they are not experiencing music. It is also such a loss for a town where music is so important in its churches.
Oh, well. We in music have learned not to be needed, except of course when there are weddings, funerals, sports contests and civic events.
Richard V. Evans