Letters President has suffered enough for spiritual sins

To the editor:

Spiritual laws (God's laws) are much more exacting than physical laws (man's laws). President Clinton has paid the price many, many times over for the sins of transgressions of the spiritual laws.

By pressure of physical laws, President Clinton has endured the rath of his critics and gone about the nation's business at a 67 percent approval of the job he is doing.

Most Americans believe nothing the president is accused of warrants his removal from office.

The spiritual laws will not only punish President Clinton, but will also punish his critics as negative feelings towards others will punish them on the spot as you are chained slave to anyone you dislike.

Let us follow the quote, "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss ? good, not evil ? success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it."

Jim Green,


Restructuring would increase electric rates

To the editor:

During recent months, Congressional legislation has been discussed that would restructure the electric utility industry to give each and every consumer the ability to choose which electric company will provide his or her electricity. On the surface, restructuring is a viable idea for densely populated states like California and New York which have higher electricity costs. But what would restructuring really mean to a state like South Dakota, where rates are more than reasonable, communities are sparse and electric cooperatives are consistently providing a reliable and dependable source of electricity to their member-owners?

In 1998, the South Dakota Rural Electric Association and its member systems formed a Competitive Issues Task Force consisting of 14 electric cooperative representatives. The task force felt it was important to solicit an independent study of the economic impacts of restructuring. So, the Competitive Issues Task Force commissioned The University of South Dakota Business Research Bureau to study the impact of restructuring on South Dakota. The Business Research Bureau produced an independent, credible study based on sound economic theory and fact.

The focus of the study was the potential price and service impacts on electric cooperative consumers that could result if policy-makers and lawmakers choose a course of restructuring for the electric industry. The study delved into technical considerations, such as the constraints of transmitting electricity on a grid that was not built to deliver an unlimited amount of electricity throughout the country. The study considerations, such as the unlimited amount of electricity throughout the country. The study considered the fact that there are natural monopolies involved with delivering electricity and competition does not serve consumers well where there are natural monopolies.

The main finding of the study was that residential rates would increase in South Dakota under a restructured electric utility industry. Residential consumers, currently consuming 71 percent of the power distributed by South Dakota electric cooperatives, would see an average increase of about $61 per year. This amounts to about $5.75 million annually.

To date, there has been very little interest by consumers, utilities or policy-makers to bring electric industry restructuring to South Dakota. And for good reason.


Ron Holsteen

Executive Vice President and General Manager,

South Dakota Rural Electric Association

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