Hard to believe

To the editor:

It's hard to believe that Mr. Nygaard actually voted for the gun law. I am very thankful that it didn't pass and hopefully it will never show up again! Somehow I can't picture 7,000 students waving guns around town.

I hope Mr. Nygaard never gets elected again! He seems to not know much about guns – they aren't for every body! Can you imagine if two students had one too many and got in an argument? Especially if they were in a bar? Many people would get hurt.

This town has enough problems with the under age drinking parties, the shop- lifting, and the vandalism. The college has an excellent security department – backed up by the police department and the sheriff's department.

Sherryl Koob

A big dent

To the editor:

Even if you wanted to, it is virtually impossible to escape the coverage of this year's seemingly endless campaign for president. It is all over the place. All we hear about is the need for change in this country. Regardless of political affiliation, most Americans tend to agree. One area of particular importance deals with our nation's energy future. Fortunately, the change of direction in our nation's energy future has begun.

This past December, President George W. Bush signed into law landmark bi-partisan energy legislation that puts America on a firm path to expanding the use of home-grown biofuels. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 expands the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in the 2005 energy law to achieve 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel use annually in 2022.

Congress and the President clearly recognized the ability of America's farmers and ethanol producers to move to the next level in ethanol production.Understanding the limits of today's grain to ethanol technology, the new law calls for the use of 15 billion gallon of ethanol from grain annually by 2015. To make up the remaining 21 billion gallons, the law calls for "advance biofuels," of which 16 billion must be ethanol produced from cellulosic materials.

Already, US ethanol production is paying dividends, making a big dent in our importation of foreign oil and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006 we produced nearly 5 billion gallons of ethanol, enough to reduce foreign oil imports by 206 million barrels and take the equivalent of 1.2 million cars off the road in terms of reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The enactment of this new law will move ethanol beyond just being a 10 percent blending component in gasoline and make it the significant part of our nation's motor fuel supply it must become.

We should all take pride in being on the ground floor of an energy evolution in this country. The dedication of this community and hundreds more like it to the future of renewable fuels will lead America to energy independence.

Tom Branhan, CEO
Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC


To the editor:

My wife and I just returned from a trip to the Los Angeles area in California where we visited our daughter and her family. While there, we went to see three oil refineries which proved to be very interesting. We also had the opportunity to visit with several people who live a few blocks from a refinery and some who live several miles away. All of whom we visited with said that if the wind was right, there was definitely an unpleasant odor from the refinery, and they also made a point of saying that we definitely would not want a refinery in our community!

Coincidently, there was an article in one of their local newspapers, The Daily Breeze, which reported that people were having nasal and throat irritation from the nearby refineries. We were also told that they didn't notice any change in traffic or people because of the heavy population already there. After letting them know the size of our community they did tell us that it would change our community and not for the better!

Several people from the Elk Point area apparently went to California and visited a refinery in Long Beach. This refinery only processes 26,000 barrels per day. The proposed refinery in Union County will be over 400,000 barrels per day. That is like comparing fumes from a candle to a huge smokestack. The largest refinery presently in California only processes 260,000 barrels per day. We saw that one and we could definitely smell it! This is half the size of the one proposed here.

Please help us save our farmland, homes, and small town atmosphere and environment.


Darmon Staum
Elk Point

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