Hyperion not needed

To the editor:

I am joining my voice with Norma Wilson's in opposition to Hyperion (letter Nov. 2, Vermillion Plain Talk).

I agree with all she writes and wish to add this: In a letter to The New York Times, Aug. 4, the president and chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, Red Cavaney, writes this:

"Over the last decade, we have added the equivalent of a new 200,000-barrel-a-day refinery each year. The Department of Energy expects this trend to continue, with an additional 1 million barrels per day coming on line at existing refineries by 2011."

Fellow citizens, Hyperion's refinery is not only the wrong economic development in this agricultural state, it is not needed.

Kathy Beard


Listen for the bells

To the editor:

It is that time of year again, when in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the sights of the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles and the sound of the bells remind us to be thankful for what we have and to think of others less fortunate.

Often when people think of those in need, they picture the homeless in large cities, not realizing The Salvation Army is hard at work here in the Vermillion community.

Last year we raised more than $4,000 and were able to meet urgent needs in the community, the most recent was providing jackets to many young people for this winter. This year we have an ambitious goal of $5,000.

We need your help in two ways – first by giving into the Salvation Army kettles located at HyVee, Wal-Mart, and Jones' Food Center; and second, offering your time to bell ring for this year's campaign.

All the funds received will stay in the community and help provide utility assistance, nourishment and shelter for Vermillion residents all year long. We expect an even greater demand for services this year, and need your support more than ever.

Donating to the red kettles or offering your time to bell ring means next year we can give a renewed chance or even a brighter future for many in our community.

If you have questions about Salvation Army services or are able to bell ring, please contact Devon Davoux at 624-8809 or email djd117@msn. com.

May God bless you!


Devon Davoux,

Bell-ringing chairperson


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