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Letters Ratingen mayor shares sympathy

Editor's note: Wolfgang Diedrich, mayor of Ratingen, Vermillion's sister city in Germany, sent this letter to Vermillion Mayor Roger Kozak. He asked that we share it with our readers.

To the editor:

Even though the acts of terrorism in New York and Washington happened four weeks ago, they didn't lose their fright. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the many thousand victims and their relatives.

As a token of their solidarity and their sorrow, about 750 citizens of Ratingen put their names down in a condolence book which I personally handed over to the American General Consul, Mr. Daniel E. Harris, in D�sseldorf.

The pupils of the Ratingen Music School arranged a commemoration concert and collected about 1000 DM. This money was transferred on a special account for the families of the victims.

We hope it might be some consolation for you and the American people that you are not alone during these hard times but find support from all sides.

Very sincerely yours,

Wolfgang Diedrich

Stadt Ratingen-Der B�rgermeister

Johnson praises local economic development

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Vermillion on the expansion of the Phase 2 call center into the community. With this addition some of the jobs lost to the Gateway closure will now again be filled and there is now some economic growth to point to as we, as an entire nation, continue to grapple with the grief and economic ramifications of the Sept. 11 tragedies and attacks.

Mayor Roger Kozak and John Paulson, president of the Vermilion Development Company, along with Craig Atkins, the Vermillion City Council and the rest of the development board, must be praised for their swift action to draw a new company to town. They worked together with local, state and federal governments to best utilize the available resources to bring in a new business to fill the gap left behind when Gateway left.

I'm looking forward to welcoming Phase 2 to Vermillion. We will also see the results of our labors as the Newcastle/Vermillion bridge opens, which will mean a larger labor pool for the area, and more great economic development announcements to come!

Sincerely,

Tim Johnson,

U.S. Senate

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