To the editor,

The two most important considerations for a location for a public business are exposure and access. Exposure means that it is easily seen and recognized. Access means that the site has ease of ingress and egress.

The two proposed possible sites for a water park, the area behind the Comfort Inn and Oakdale Park, leave a lot to be desired. The Comfort Inn site is far from Hwy. 67, barely recognizable if at all. Access is from a back road, that is a hazard to nearby residential areas. The extra heavy traffic that would be generated by a water park at Oakdale Park would certainly have an adverse effect on people trying to get downtown. It does not have good exposure either because it is far from Hwy. 67.

Sculpturing and site preparation at the Comfort Inn location would be exorbitant. Needed demolition of existing facilities at Oakdale Park would also be costly.

My suggestion is that the water park be located at the intersection of Barnard and Hwy 67 on the East side, Carlie English’s property. It has great exposure with easily gained access to both Hwy 67 or to the downtown. It is in relatively close proximity to the Dinosaur State Park, Dinosaur World and Fossil Rim.

Virtually, the entire area on both sides of Barnard, from downtown west to Hwy 67 is in the flood plain. This limits future development. However, it has tremendous potential for parks and recreation centers.

We have to consider developing this area for people outside of the city and county if we want to promote tourism.

Eugene Brode

Glen Rose

To the editor,

Nurses’ week is May 6-12. This week is always scheduled to end on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy British family in 1820. Because of her wealth and social standing, she was expected to marry and pursue family life. She, however, fought to become educated beyond what was acceptable for a woman of her time. She felt called by God to minister to the sick.

At age 33, she received minimal training as a nurse. Then in 1854, she went to Turkey to help care for the sick and injured British soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. She met much resistance from the surgeons there. In spite of this, she was able to improve the conditions of the hospitals by improving sanitation and ventilation and improved the prospects of her patients there.

She returned to England and in 1860 established the first school for nurses. At that time, hospitals were staffed by untrained, often alcoholic women. She was able to change that and worked tirelessly to improve conditions in the hospitals themselves. Her school remains the model for modern education for nurses even today.

Although sickly for much of her adult life, Florence Nightingale died in 1910 at age 90.

Nursing has come a long way since then. Nurses today are highly educated and dedicated to the care of their patients. They may be nurse anesthetists, midwives, nurse practitioners and researchers. The possibilities are endless, but the majority of nurses are at the bedsides of the sick and injured. They are the eyes and ears of the doctors. They are the voices of their patients. Their compassion and caring doesn’t end with their shift or take off for the holidays. They constantly work to increase their knowledge base in order to improve their ability to care for their patients. They want to make a difference in their patients’ lives. And, no matter how hard the job is, either physically or emotionally, the worth of a nurse far exceeds the amount of her paycheck.

As nurses’ week approaches, I would like you to think. Is there a nurse who has made a difference in my life or the life of a loved one? If there is, take a minute to thank them. It really does make a difference to that nurse.

Loretta A. Hise, RN

Glen Rose Medical Center