Readers Respond

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Letters to the Pilot

Quit dodging a fair ethanol debate in Iowa Senate

To The Editor:

Should Iowa adopt a renewable fuel standard that would require ethanol to be part of every gallon of fuel used on our highways? Iowans have long talked about how this measure could boost our economy. Iowans have debated the issue but the Iowa Senate is being prevented from having the same debate. That's why I'm asking for your help to get this issue before the Iowa Senate.

Big oil is preventing this debate. Their supporters deride the efforts of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau our efforts by saying that their work on behalf of ethanol is "feel good politics". Iowa's U.S. Senators, Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin, both strongly disagree. Senators Grassley and Harkin have told to me that moving forward on the state level will help their efforts to promote ethanol at the national level.

We should consider every idea that would expand markets for our corn producers and enhance the growth potential for rural Iowa. Ethanol can help put more of our economic future in our own hands and make consumers less dependent on high priced foreign oil.

Opponents say that the votes are not there to pass setting a renewable fuel standard. I disagree. Twenty of 25 Democratic Senators have promised to vote yes. If just six of the 25 Republican senators join us, this pro-ethanol, pro-Iowa economy measure will pass.

I am willing to accept the vote of the Senate, but I can't accept simply dodging this issue and dodging our responsibility to lead.

- Senator Jack Kibbie, Emmetsburg

Helping hands for vigil

To The Editor:

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program of Buena Vista, Cherokee and Ida Counties would like to acknowledge the following people/organizations that contributed their time to the 5th annual Candlelight Vigil: Lindsay Landgraf, Ken Meissner, Kelly Mattis, Judge Mary Timko, Storm Lake Fire Department, Storm Lake Police Department, the Pilot Tribune, KAYL & KKIA Radio Stations, Joyce's Greenery Staff, Rich

Detrick, and Carmen Cameron.

Without the help of these individuals the candlelight vigil would not have produced such a great turnout.

Please continue to spread the word regarding child abuse. If we come together as a society we can continue to decrease the number of children's deaths per year. If you would like more information on the CASA program, please call (712) 749-5184.

- Kathy Fritz - CASA Coordinator, Storm Lake

Generosity makes prom a hit

To The Editor:

On behalf of all the students who attended the Storm Lake High School Prom and After-Prom, we would like to thank all of the area businesses and restaurants that contributed to the evening. The night was a success thanks to your generosity. Your donations made it possible for the students to enjoy many great games, terrific prizes, and excellent food. We would also like to thank all of the parents who spent their time preparing and helping throughout the night. Everyone had a great time and we are very thankful that the community supports this event. It was a night that we all enjoyed and is one of the highlights of our school year. Once again, thank you for your generosity and support. It is greatly appreciated!

- Heather Henrich, senior class president and Ali Brashears, junior class president