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Students deserve credit for walkout

There's been much good coverage in the Journal about the high school student walkout this past week. I agree with the letter to the editor that expressed pride in the students who walked out "in remembrance of those who died in the recent Florida school shooting and in support of the safety of all students."

 I think that this is the view of the vast majority of folks here in South Dakota and in our country at large.  These students acted in the honorable American tradition of peaceful protest and thoughtful consideration of the issues. Sadly, the Journal also told of the fringe views of Republican Congressional candidate Neal Tapio, "Tapio rails against school walkout."  Fringe candidate Tapio tried to tie the walkout to a Nation of Islam leader and to a terrorist sympathizer.

It's sad to see a major party candidate insult decent local kids who worked within the system and expressed their views on how to make our schools, and our country, a safer and more free place.

David Nickel


Poison Prevention Week offers help

Each year the third week in March is designated as Poison Control Prevention Week, a time to focus national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. During March 18-24, Poison Control Centers will host and participate in events to raise awareness about the burden of poisoning and highlight specific ways to prevent it.

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More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the Nation’s Poison Control Centers. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, approximately 90 percent of poisonings happen at home, with 51 percent involving children under the age of six. The majority of fatal poisonings occur among older adults. It is vital that individuals and families equip themselves with information on poison prevention in the home, such as keeping chemicals out of the reach of children and carefully reading the labels and dosages on all products.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides funding to improve and support poison education, prevention, and treatment. HRSA also funds the toll-free Poison Help line 1-800-222-1222.

Nick Zucconi

Health Resources and Services Administration


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