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Is an ethanol plant really good for us?          Send a link to a friend

To the editor:

Citizens for Justice Inc. responds to the recent story regarding Logan County getting an ethanol plant. Is it really good for us?

Citizens for Justice is sounding an alarm and asking all area investors (farmers) and the county board to be slow to respond regarding directing any county moneys to this project.

Why would any viable business in today's financial and business marketplace need to offer 18-20 percent return on an investment unless it is a very high-risk investment? In our opinion, if this is such a great deal, investors should be running to them instead of the company running to the farmers. Banks are paying only around 1.5 percent on money market funds and no higher than around 3 percent for long-term CDs.

Any investment that sounds too good to be true usually isn't a good investment. Because this offer is restricted to area farmers, we are concerned even for their financial health and perhaps their vulnerability because of their recent hard times from farming.

As for our county board, we are not so desperate that we need to hurry into this venture. That sounds far too risky to invest county tax moneys. I am sure this company, too, will be asking for tax abatements as well as other cash incentives.

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Because of the need for coal for this plant, I'm sure they will ask the county to build an expensive road costing several million dollars to handle the heavy weight. God only knows what else they are going to be asking for.

No stable bank, in our opinion, would loan money to most businesses in light of these facts. The county is broke, has no money in reserve and would need to borrow money to finance this project.

The county board is the Logan County taxpayers' bank. Please use our funds wisely. We realize the county board is made up of several farm owners and farmers. We also realize this is a very delicate issue among farmers. However, board members are still charged with the responsibility of representing all of Logan County residents.

Lester Van Bibber
Citizens For Justice Inc.

(Posted Feb. 5, 2005)

Response to Wal-Mart's intention for local expansion      
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[Note from editor: A Wal-Mart executive indicated in a news report last week that Wal-Mart is planning to build a Supercenter here in Lincoln. The company has options to purchase a couple of pieces of ground near the current store on Lincoln's west side.]

To the editor:

With the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the works, I felt the need to write a letter against it. I have been talking about this for years, to the point of preaching about Lincoln NOT needing this store.

If Wal-Mart would just hire a few more workers or, better yet, give them more than just 28 hours a week (since that is considered full time at Wal-Mart) and open up more than just three lanes at a time, then the store they are at would be fine.

The Supercenter will be a detriment to Lincoln by way of closing businesses. I have talked to several Kroger employees, and they know they will close if the Supercenter comes to town. Not to mention that it will affect every single retailer in our town.

It makes me wonder where our city officials' priorities are. Are they taking into consideration the possibilities of the closures of stores that are otherwise better-paying jobs than Wal-Mart?

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Wal-Mart has gotten the best of Lincoln since coming to town. They have received tax breaks with each building, and now we will have yet another empty building, compliments of none other than Wal-Mart. They say they will help find a business to fill the space, but let's face facts and remember how long it took to find a business to fill their original building.

This Supercenter will not better the lives of Lincoln citizens. It will only make those who have made their livelihoods here strain to make it in an already strained economy.

Soon I will be getting petitions together to start the process of keeping this Supercenter out of Lincoln. Please help me to stop them!

Josh Bruns

(Posted Feb. 5, 2005)

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