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Be equipped with a survival mentality

Dear Editor:

Near zero visibility, slippery roads and high wind gusts landed truck driver Steven Hooper and his rig in an ice-covered slough and a life-threatening emergency situation (RE: Dec. 28 and Jan. 11 R&F articles). Fortunately he dialed 911 and Webster Police Officer Dylan Collins came to his aide. Hooper was in cold water and in attempting the rescue, Officer Collins also fell through the ice. Once out, Collins managed to grab the sleeve of a shirt Hooper tossed to him and thereby pulled Hooper out of the water. They waited in the police cruiser for the ambulance to arrive.

Thankfully this “chilling” story had a favorable ending. We are grateful for the rapid and positive response of Officer Collins. Why was the cruiser not equipped with basic equipment such as rope and a flotation device? Another cold-water rescue was lacking a rope or flotation device several years ago by a state trooper in the Waubay Lake area. Even a tow strap would be useful. I realize these are panic life and death situations and 20/20 hindsight may be better than the immediate rescue choices. Still, it’s difficult for me to understand why all law enforcement and emergency vehicles would not carry a rope and flotation device. In my vehicle I carry a rope, saw, hatchet, highway flares and parka. I don’t have a flotation device but should acquire one. Don’t forget your spare tire. It may not be handy to access but could be an option in some situations.

Don’t plan on starting a fire with matches in a cold, wet situation. Cold hands don’t function well and matches stored in tight containers may be difficult to light. Highway flares are the best emergency fire starter. They light readily and will burn hot and long enough to start a fire in any burnable material – even a spare tire. A three-pack costs about $8 and every outdoor person should have them. This advice would apply especially to rural areas. Keep a pack on your snowmobile.

Other survival items should include a good knife, pliers and cell phone. Remember, the great god of digital cannot warm you or pull you from the water. Have a survival mentality.

Robert Witt,


Country’s soul is central to this battle

Dear Editor:

We are currently at war for the soul of our country. It was founded on Judea-Christian principals. John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

The two most hated presidents over the past 60 years are Reagan and Trump. Why? Because they were anti-globalism and anti-communism. They were pro-life, pro-faith, pro-America and pro-Israel. Much of what has transpired in the last 30 years can be credited to a lying, biased major news media. Obama weaponized the IRS and the Justice Department to punish opponents and set up shop three miles from the White House to orchestrate the coup against Trump. (If anyone would have done this to George Washington they’d be in front of a firing squad.)

Prov.16:ff ‘Seven things God hates: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.’ Obama, Democrats and the media are guilty on all counts, everything they’ve thrown at Trump over the last four and a half years falls into one of those categories. They appear to have no regard for God, truth, righteousness or justice – it’s what communists do. Non-extremist right-wing truth can be found through Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and the Epoch Times. When we cease to be a nation under God we will cease to be a nation.

Biden says he will be the president of all people? Not so. He will not be the president of the unborn, gun owners or people of faith. He will be Obama’s third term. Socialism demands the eventual eradication of Christianity. If you are afraid to speak out against socialism, you are already a slave. I choose to defend my faith.

Edward Damrau,


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