Letters to the Pilot

Monday, July 1, 2002

Harkin: an opportunity for the city


Storm Lake and Buena Vista County are making great strides in many important areas: we are embarking on a plan to restore our lake's depth and water

quality; we are organizing a community center; we are improving our schools as our population grows; we are watching with pride the expansion and improvement of Buena Vista University.

These are exciting and gratifying times to live here. We have been blessed with much.

[United States Senator Tom Harkin will be the guest speaker at the Patriotic Ceremony in Storm Lake July 4th.]

No one has done more for our projects than Tom Harkin. He has assisted in securing grants of millions of dollars to Buena Vista University for its information technology center and distance learning programs. Senator Harkin was the man who assisted Storm Lake in securing a $600,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for watershed protection efforts and kicked our lake restoration engine into gear. He has garnered $460,000 for K-12 school systems in Buena Vista County. He is working toward a $1 million grant for the new Women's Center at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. He also is hard at work trying to secure funds for further lake restoration.

Senator Harkin chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, which recently authored a new farm bill that will assist Iowa commodity growers with new conservation and watershed provisions that are vital to Storm Lake. He chairs key appropriations subcommittees for health and education, through which he has directed so many dollars in our direction...

As you know, if we want to keep working for the progress of Buena Vista County, better lakes, better schools, more recreation opportunities, more economic development, we must work with political leaders who are in positions of influence. Storm Lake needs to stand out as the leading community in Northwest Iowa. Be assured, other communities are working just as hard for the attention of our political leaders.

-Steven and Diane Hamilton,

Phil and Margaret Redenbaugh,

Tim and Carrie Brown,

Storm Lake