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To the editor:

I am a former resident of Vermillion and Burbank, and I am writing about the current cold case concerning the two missing high school girls in 1971.

Instead of picking on the Lykken family so much and pointing fingers of accusation at them, why not search and question these girls' families? There could be something there too.

All are considered innocent until proven guilty. What David Lykken has done in the past may not have anything to do with this case.

Cathy Bell

Hastings, NE

Don't kill food tax

To the editor:

As a lifelong South Dakotan, when I vote in November, I will be voting to keep the tax on food. I know this will draw a lot of dislikes, but I really feel if we get rid of the food tax the state of South Dakota will have to come up with other means to support itself.

This could mean higher property taxes (much) or a personal income tax. Do we really want either of these?

By raising the property taxes it will be only the property owners bearing the brunt end of this and by instituting an income tax we will allow something we have fought so hard to keep out of our state. South Dakota is lucky we have not had to have an income tax, and no matter how loud we complain about our property taxes they are some of the lowest in the country.

If we look, we have state income taxes in surrounding states. Is this really what we want? I do not have an education in affairs such as this, but I do have common sense and I can see the writing on the wall.

We will not only see our state hurt but we will see our towns and cities hurt. Which means we will see a lot of things cut that are in the budget. Do we really want things like park and recreation to hurt? Do we want to see our streets in worse shape? What about all those things we take for granted and enjoy like the Fourth of July celebration and much more?

Right now I drive to Sioux City to do my shopping, but it is not because of the lack of a food tax; that is just an added bonus. I drive to Sioux City because I can buy groceries and other needs cheaper there. If Wal-Mart or something similar would come to Vermillion and lower the prices here I would stay in town and do my shopping regardless of the food tax.

Please, before you vote in November think this over. Put some real thought into it. It sounds good when you first say repeal the food tax, but when you think of the alternatives they are no so great.

Good for Councilman Drake Olson. I agree, it should be made known that the city has so many dollars for donating to outside interests and these outside interests have to share this money between them that apply for it.

There should be a deadline they have to have their requests in by. We should not jeopardize the city's needs with cutbacks just to donate to these outside interests no matter how we feel individually.

When we start talking cutbacks on employees and needs of equipment, why are we making outside donations? This does not make sense to me.

I feel that if the city forgives the amounts owed them by one resident, they had better realize there are others that will come forward to ask the same thing of them. The ordinances are made for all and all should have to obey them especially if they have repeatedly disobeyed them.

Respectfully submitted,

Roxan Brown

Vermillion

Important feedback

To the editor:

I want to thank the community of Vermillion for welcoming me on Tuesday at The University of South Dakota. Over 300 people were able to attend, and to share stories and ideas with me about some of the issues facing the Vermillion area. These community meetings are an opportunity not just to speak about my ideas, but to hear from people in the community about what needs to be done to address issues like creating jobs and lowering the cost of health care.

There are 75,000 South Dakotans who lack even basic access to health care, and I believe that is 75,000 too many. I am working to bring prescription drug costs down by sponsoring bipartisan legislation to allow for the reimportation of safe, low-cost prescription drugs from Canada. I am also working to create purchasing pools, where groups of individuals or small business people can come together and buy lower-cost health insurance, just like the big corporations do. Every South Dakotan ought to be insured. No one should have to take a second or third job just to afford the prescription drugs they or their family needs.

Creating new jobs and expanding economic opportunities are vitally important to the future of Vermillion. Just this week the Administration's plan to cut overtime pay for 6 million Americans took effect. There should never be a time � especially during a period of economic challenge � when we should stop rewarding the hard work of so many Americans.

I am working on a tax credit so more Main Street businesses can offer health insurance to their employees, which will create more attractive jobs in towns like Vermillion. By delivering clean drinking water throughout southeastern South Dakota, we have laid the foundation for future economic growth.

And my ethanol legislation will create up to 10,000 new jobs in South Dakota alone, raise prices for corn growers, and serve as an economic boon to communities throughout the state.

With the continued support of the Vermillion community we can work to lower the cost of health care, expand job opportunities, and build a better, stronger South Dakota.

Sincerely,

Tom Daschle

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