Readers Respond

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

AWAYSIS questions await answers


Several questions have not been answered on "Project Awaysis." If the City of Storm Lake were to build and own the proposed lodge, would the property be on the property tax rolls and be subject to property tax? If it would not be taxed it would be most unfair to the other motel owners in Storm Lake.

Next question, would the promoters and the people for this project be willing to invest their savings in this project? My feeling and that of many others is that in no way could this project make its own way let alone make a profit for the city. Most feel that sooner or later the taxpayers of Storm Lake will be stuck with millions of dollars.

The information sent out by the city states that if the Local Option Sales Tax is renewed, it could be used for "Project Awaysis". This sure could cause many to vote no.

My final question, will "Project Awaysis" be "The Goose that Will Lay the Golden Egg" or is it just "A Pie in the Sky idea?"

- Darold Veerhusen, Storm Lake

Marriage in trouble


The institution of marriage is in jeopardy today. This year has marked a period of rampant judicial activism in many areas, perhaps most importantly affecting marriage. Earlier this year, Massachusetts' highest court, legislating from the bench, ordered the state legislature to allow homosexual couples to get married. Two courts in Washington State have now invalidated legislation that would keep marriage as between a man and a woman and have required Washington to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states. Cases are pending in California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland and Florida, trying to force same-sex marriages onto those states.

In 1996, Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage under federal law as a union between one man and one woman. Nearly 90 percent of state legislatures have reaffirmed this definition. Missouri and Nebraska, among other states, have passed state constitutional amendments, and eleven other states will seek to do the same on the November ballot. Polls show that over two-thirds of Americans believe that same-sex marriages should not be recognized by the law as valid. Courts, in legislating on this issue from the bench, have invalidated and belittled the views of the majority of Americans.

Some argue that the courts must make decisions like these to protect the "rights "of the minority." I ask you: Who will protect the rights of the majority from the courts?... It's now a question of our national unity, of our cultural identity, of our children's futures...

President Bush understands the need for a constitutional amendment to prevent these violations. He called upon Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution to protect marriage...

The House of Representatives will hold a vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment at the end of this month. This constitutional amendment states, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State, nor State or Federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups." I, for one, will be for marriage by voting yes.

- Congressman Steve King, Kiron

Sharing: BVU and the community


Over the last two weeks, the Buena Vista University campus community has had the pleasure of hosting two big events: the American Heritage Lecture Series and the dedication of the Estelle Siebens Science Center. In conjunction with these events, the visiting BVU trustees, dignitaries, and families of students have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the city of Storm Lake.

On behalf of the BVU student body, I would like to thank our fellow Storm Lake citizens for their hospitality in allowing our out-of-town guests to enjoy all that Storm Lake has to offer - eating in our restaurants, walking through our lakeside parks, and frequenting our businesses. And we look forward to BVU's Homecoming on Oct. 9, when our guests again get to enjoy all that is Storm Lake!

- Tom Weeks, BVU

Student Senate President

'Yes' on sales tax


I would like to urge all eligible Storm Lake citizens to vote on October 5 to renew the Local Option Sales Tax. I have always supported sales tax as an equitable tax. Everyone pays in proportion to their level of income.

In the past ten years, under the Local Option Sales Tax we in the Storm Lake community have seen the results - a new Police Station and a paved street to the Field of Dreams are my two favorites.

What has it cost us? I don't miss that one cent per dollar - do you? Please remember to vote YES on October 5th!

- Randy Johnson, Storm Lake