Letters We don't need to be left to clean up mess

To the Editor:

In the battle over Amendment E, which would stop the control of South Dakota's economy by large, out-of-state corporate farm operations, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council has led the charge against the Amendment. This is unfortunate because, just like other citizens, the PPC's members stand to gain more than they'd lose if the amendment passes in November.

Even more unfortunate, the PPC issued a 13-page lecture titled "Pork Industry: Environmental Impact Facts." What this document shows is that opponents of the amendment have no grip on the word "fact." A "fact" is supposed to be something based on reality — I checked my dictionary. But the PPC's document has no grip on reality. Rather, it slaps together a bunch of sentences — some of which contradict each other, and most of which have little or no relevance to their arguments.

In the end, these "facts" are apparently supposed to make us all conclude that cities pollute a lot, so huge corporate hog operations should be allowed to pollute, too. I don't know about anyone else, but I live in South Dakota partly because I don't like cities and their pollution. There's no way I want to bring operations that pollute to the area where I live.

There are literally pages of irrelevant information in the PPC document, and I suggest people consider their other time commitments before reading it. In fact, to save you the time of reading it, I'll offer a few examples. One section is supposed to disprove the idea that "Manure can pollute drinking and surface waters." To begin "proving" that manure can't pollute, the PPC claims "The most common cause of bacterial problems in drinking water wells is well deterioration." Okay — all this tells me is that, where wells are old manure can pollute water more easily. This sounds like an argument against large hog facilities where older wells exist.

Under the same heading, the PPC gives evidence that manure was a minor pollutant in Sampson County, NC. What does that have to do with Moody County? I've been to North Carolina, and it's not anything like South Dakota. It's hilly and humid, with lush timber. The soil is different. Winters are mild. In short, they're comparing apples and oranges.

We need our water for drinking, family farm irrigation, safe economic development, and the tourism and recreation industries. We don't need huge quantities to be used by out-of-state interests that will only take their profits elsewhere, while we're left to clean up the mess. That's why I'm going to vote "yes" on Amendment E.

Lilias Jarding Colman

Condition of cemetery is appalling to visitor

To the Editor:

I have sent the following letter to each member of the Cemetery Board. I feel that it should be published in the Plain Talk, as I understand there have been other complaints.

Maybe a "letter to the editor" will rouse the Cemetery Board to take some action and see that the cemetery will become a beautifully well-kept memorial to our loved ones who are buried there.

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Vermillion. While there we went out to the cemetery to visit the graves of my parents, baby sister, grandparents and aunt. To say I was appalled at the condition of the cemetery is putting it mildly.

Irises that were at my sister's grave had been cut down and just left there. It looked like it had been some time since the grass had been mowed as it was long and matted. This wasn't only at the graves we visited, but all through the cemetery. Never have I seen a cemetery that was so poorly kept.

I would think that you, as a member of the Cemetery Board, would take pride in having a beautifully well-kept cemetery, one where those who are buried there are respected and not forgotten; a cemetery that would give relatives and friends who come to visit the graves of their loved ones a feeling that the Cemetery Board really cares.

I sincerely hope that the next visit I make to Vermillion that I will find a well-kept cemetery.


Mrs. Mary (Richardson) Buchholtz

Janklow helps where he is needed

To the Editor:

I was in Belle Fourche recently where my husband was in the State Horseshoe Pitching Contest.

In my conversation with one of the people who lived in Spencer, when the tornado hit, I found a lot of accurate information.

The turmoil of the tornado vacuumed the waste water lagoon empty and siphoned the corn from the elevator. Those two things added a great deal of weight quickly to the swirling inferno so it dumped it on the town and dribbled the liquid and spewed the corn into Minnesota.

Governor Janklow realized the health hazard immediately. He acted quickly, called for help from people, food makers, etc., and emptied the prison at Springfield and youths from Plankinton to help.

Everyone picked up anything that might have any use or value and put that into trucks.

These items were taken and returned after the inmates had cleaned, washed and made them presentable, then put them in the armory for people to find their property.

No one can empty the prison nor Plankinton by order but the governor. He stayed there to see what was needed and called for help for whatever turned up needy. You nor I could never had the thousands turn out to help as they did when he asked.

No one had total control of the inmates except the governor. He saw the immediate need and problem — he solved it.

If we had such a problem, I know Janklow would help us — I fear Hunhoff would never even help nor listen! I don't believe he's the man for the job of governor.

Midge Carlson


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