Letters

Letters
Support Hyperion

To the editor:

As a Union County resident and student at The University of South Dakota. I would like to urge the people of Union County to support the Hyperion Energy Center.


My family lives in Burbank and I hope to call this area my home after college. Hyperion is offering stable, long term employment for residents. Please don't throw this opportunity away for me and many other young people that want to live and work in this community.

After visiting with Hyperion representatives at their forum I am convinced that they will be good stewards of the land. I believe that the technological advancements over the last 50 years will enable Hyperion to build the cleanest refinery in the United States.

Hyperion has shown genuine interest in our area through their outreach program and locating an office on Main Street in Elk Point. Let's keep them here by showing our support.

Sincerely,

Joe Miller
Burbank

Sincere commitment

To the editor:

I am writing to say that I believe that Hyperion is serious about being a green refinery. The meetings they held were open and the people there, the engineers, environmental experts and executives were willing to talk about any aspect of the project.

I could tell that they were sincere in their commitment to the long term well being of our community. I hope Hyperion chooses to stay in Union County.

The Union County Planning and Zoning Board should approve Hyperion's application and keep Hyperion here.

Sincerely,

Dan Lederman
Dakota Dunes

Ready, willing and eager to help

To the editor:

When deciding to organize the Spaghetti Feed and Auction for Dec. 15, we, Vermillion's Friends of B-Battery, were aware that year's end is often a time when businesses and individuals are donationed-out. Still, hoping that we might be able to raise some funds to assist our troops in their travel expenses to come home for the holidays, we moved forward.

At the beginning of the two-and-one-half weeks we had to organize the event and solicit donations, the Plain Talk printed Dave Lias's Nov. 30 article about our fundraising project and a concurrent editorial encouraging readers to consider local charities for military in their Christmas giving.

It's hard to say whether the people of Vermillion already shared Dave Lias's perspective or were motivated by his articles, but whatever the case, Vermillion businesses and many individuals proved they were ready, willing and eager to show their support for our soldiers.

Our requests for supper and auction contributions were met with enthusiasm as local business people and individuals supported our event with their incredibly generous donations of items, services and assistance. It was wonderfully heartwarming to see such a supportive community response to the needs of our service members. And it is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank all of you who share in our successful fundraising efforts!

Thank you very much,

Melanie Zach and the rest of Vermillion's Friends of B-Battery
Elk Point, SD

Thank you, Lisa

To the editor:

After reading a front page article in the Jan. 11 Press & Dakotan concerning the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company (VCDC), I feel motivated to write a few comments concerning my hometown.

First, what do I know about Vermillion and Clay County? I was born and raised there, schooled at Jolley School, Vermillion High School, and earned two degrees from USD's School of Business. I am a former Sunday School superintendent and Moderator of my church. I served on the board of directors of the Vermillion Development Co., Clay County Park Association, Dakota Hospital & Nursing Home, and the Chamber of Commerce. I was also a member of the Vermillion Fire Department for 11 years.

After an absence of a dozen years while working as a manager for several of the nation's large corporations in the East, I returned to Vermillion and Clay County and spent 27 years in the USD Business Research Bureau and taught at the School of Business. I became involved with economic and industrial development at the state and local levels. I mention these things for those concerned with my bona fides.

I have been a member of, and have worked with many boards of directors. Boards can be very complex. In addition to bringing expertise to the table, board members can harbor their own personal agendas while appearing to work for the common good. Sometimes jealousy and aggrandizement of self are present. It takes a special person to maintain progress toward organizational goals while keeping all constituents satisfied.

From what I hear and have observed, Lisa Ketcham is an extraordinary manager who has done that. Under her five year watch, Lisa has accomplished more in the areas of commerce and industrial development in Vermillion and Clay County than have ever before occurred. Rather than measuring progress as tied to the coattails of the university, Lisa Ketcham has been successful in bringing jobs, commerce, and a better quality of life to Vermillion and Clay County.

It now appears that her employment with the VCDC has been terminated. What a shame!

Thank you Lisa Ketcham for all you've accomplished in making Vermillion and Clay County a better place to live.

Dr. Bill Bergman
Yankton

Please return our photographs

To the editor:

On Friday, Jan. 11, my husband was with a group of people doing inventory at Campbell's Supply in Vermillion. When it came time to board the bus for home, his briefcase had been stolen from the charter bus. In it, among other things, was his wallet.

We are asking that the thief please return the wallet to us; there are photos of sentimental value in it. The credit cards were cancelled right away and money is just money, but the photos are not replaceable.

Please, if you have any conscience at all, return the wallet and the brief case. We are not going to press any charges. We don't even care who you are. We just want to get our property back. You can drop it off at Campbell's Supply and they will see that it is returned. Thank you.

Joan Kolander
Fulda, MN

Promote economy without refinery

To the editor:

I am concerned about the oil refinery that is proposed for thousands of acres of farm land in Brule and Spink townships. I grew up in Union County, own part of the family farm located in Brule Township and have returned regularly over the years.

Is a refinery the right kind of development for Union County? The county has been successful in promoting economic development and population growth – without an oil refinery. The population of Union County, for example, has grown 25.5 percent since 1980 while several nearby counties have experienced slower growth.

Union County was recognized nationally in 2007 by The Progressive Farmer as one of the top five desirable counties in the United States to live and work in. Their criteria for selection included household income, household spending, home and land prices, crime rate, air quality and student/teacher ratio.

The kind of economic growth and development offered by a refinery would come with a high price, including a damaged environment, an overwhelmed infrastructure, increased crime and devastated neighborhoods. There must be businesses that could be encouraged to move into the county – businesses that would be �good neighbors� and not have such a dramatically negative impact upon the land and the people.

Let's respect our neighborhoods, protect our environment, appreciate our heritage, and build upon the solid economic development and population growth of the county. Tempered and thoughtful growth is far better than what is promised by Hyperion.

David J. Johnson
East Lansing, MI

Keep Hyperion here

To the editor:

I am writing to say I believe that Hyperion is serious about being a green refinery. The meetings they held were open and the people there, the engineers, environmental experts and executives, were willing to talk about any aspect of the project.

I could tell that they were sincere in their commitment to the long term well being of our community. I hope Hyperion chooses to stay in Union County.

The Union County Planning and Zoning Board should approve Hyperion's application and keep Hyperion here. Please come to the public hearing and show your support on Jan. 16 at the Elk Point-Jefferson High School.

Dan Lederman
Dakota Dunes

Not a big footprint

To the editor:

Some people are worried that the Hyperion project will take up valuable farm land, but it will actually use only a small fraction of what's currently available. According to 2005 Union County records, there are 276,588 acres of land in farms (in Union County), and of this 232,100 acres were used for crop production in 2005.

From the information we have so far, Hyperion's oil refinery project would use less than 5,000 acres including a large buffer zone. That means this refinery will only use 2.2 percent of all the land used for crop production, and 1.8 percent of the land in farms.

This is not a large footprint. Hyperion has also shown public commitment to using the best and cleanest technology available, and this refinery will bring many benefits to our community.

JB Mercer
Jefferson

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