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The Herald from Jasper, Indiana • 14

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Rage 14 viewpoint The Herald, Wednesday, December 18, 1996 Industrial expansion can hurt lb the editor: In the past weeks we've learned that a big steel plant is coming to rural Spencer County, promising 300 new jobs and all sorts of economic spinoffs, and that Jasper Engines is expanding into rural Crawford County promising an equal number of jobs and benefits. Before getting too excited about the prospect of all this money rolling into the region, it's important to look at a few facts. your opinion First of all, both of these developments are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers. Each job at the Spencer County plant will, according to reports in The Herald, cost the taxpayer $175,000 in incentives in one of the most expensive development incentives in the state's history. Not just for the industry, but for the related growth that will accompany them.

In addition, there is added stress to schools, and other services that are difficult to calculate. Add just a few spinoff businesses who will also get huge tax breaks, and costs will skyrocket. Second, the jobs at these plants won't be for local people despite the hype about bringing jobs to the community. While Crawford County reports a high unemployment rate, both Spencer and Crawford counties are within commuting distance of places like Jasper, New Albany and Evansville where there are shortages of qualified workers. This means that workers to staff these new plants will be brought in from outside the region.

This might look good to the building industry, but other places that have experienced such rapid growth have also experienced a sharp rise in property taxes among other things. Frequently area landowners (often farms and small business people who eke out a marginal living) are forced to sell out. Since the corporations get tax rebates, its up to the local property owners to foot the bill for all the infrastructure additions. It's beginning to happen locally already. Third, our nation is losing irreplaceable farmland to just such development at an alarming rate.

Because small farmers are forced out of business and can't compete, more of our food supply is being produced on huge corporate farms by individuals who can't afford to own the land they work on. This hurts the family farmer; it hurts the consumer, and it erodes away free enterprise democracy. In a world where millions are starving, populations are increasing, and agricultural surpluses are dimin- ishing, paving over our farmland is just plain stupid. Fourth, although state officials say the Spencer County plant will "release only relatively small amounts of pollutants," it's important to keep in mind that this will be more toxins than are there now. Add this new source to all the other small "insignificant" sources of pollution, and you eventually get one major problem.

The same thing can be said of Jasper Engine's expansion into Crawford County. When you think about it, Chicago and Gary were once, in the not so distant past, small towns like Jasper, Rockport, Leavenworth. A major reason big enterprises locate in rural areas is because urban areas are maxed out with pollution. Already Evansville doesn't meet EPA air quality standards, and Jasper has areas that are dangerously close to non-attainment. It looks like big business, in collusion with the government, will just keep building more subsidized factories out in "nowhere'' until everyplace is maxed out too.

The way of the small farmer, the independent business person, seem doomed to become relics of another age as big business (with staggering subsidies by the taxpayer) buys up one rural landscape after another. Until we begin to see prosperity as something that money can't buy, and recognize that narrow country roads, limited access to big city government, wide open spaces, are blessings to be cherished, we will continue to be taken in by the false promises of developers and politicians who can't seem to stand still until the whole world is trashed. Until we value things like clean air, clean water, undeveloped forest land, and gently worked farmland, we are going to lose everything that has any real value. If small rural communities keep selling out to big business under the guise of "rural development," soon there won't be any place left to proudly call home. Jeanne Melchior, Vice President Protect Our Woods Super project To the editor: The Dubois County 4-H program has a super project to offer to youth who will turn age 10-19 this year, as well as many adults.

The project is 4-H Shooting Sports and we provide qualified instruction in the disciplines of archery, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, shotgun and hunting and wildlife. All first year members must attend and pass the Indiana Hunter Education Course, or have a Hunter Safety Card in order to join. The Dubois County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will host this class at the 4-H Fairgrounds, located six miles south of Jasper on state Road 162. The first part of the class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second part of the course will be held on Saturday, Jan.

18. Class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendance on both days is mandatory. Lunch will be provided both days and there is a $10 fee payable on Jan.

11. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend. While hunter education is mandatory to join, it is used only as an educational tool. You do not have to be a hunter to participate in this club. The majority of the 4-H Shooting Sports involves target shooting on ranges and the skills needed to hit those targets.

In their first year, members have an opportunity to learn a little about each of the shooting disciplines, as well as a lot about safety. One of our primary goals of this program is the teaching of safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment. Second year members, as well as older youth, choose one discipline to concentrate on for the year. Each successive year they may pick a different discipline. Another benefit of 4-H Shooting Sports is that youth may enroll in any additional 4-H projects that they are interested in.

They may also participate in 'any 4-H activities such as 4-H camp, performing arts, public speaking, and many trips. The Dubois County 4-H Council, as well as many area clubs and businesses, have generously supported the local 4-H Shooting Sports program. They have sponsored dozens of instructors to attend state 4-H Shooting Sports workshops that are held around the state. They also supply funding for supplies and equipment Without them we could not provide the quality of instruction that we offer. The Dubois County 4-H Shooting Sports program has been recog nized as one of the best Shooting Sports programs in Indiana.

They have assisted many counties throughout the state to get their Shooting Sports programs started. We are very fortunate to have some of the highest qualified and well-trained instructors in this state to provide this very important training to our area youth. We are always looking for more adults to help with this program, which puts youth first. If you are interested, call the County Extension Office at 482-1782 or Steve Lechner at 367-1930. We will be starting our 10th successful year, so how about getting involved with a winning program! Say yes to 4-H and Shooting Sports in 1907.

Steve Lechner, President Dubois Co. 4-H Shooting Sports Council Bring WGN back To the editor: It's time for Jasper to look for another cable company and I urge the city officials to look in that direction. There are many Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Bear fans in this area and the cable company is removing WGN without considering their customers. They removed WAVE Louisville the same way. I took a petition with 40 cable, subscribers to them to no avail.

Now after 11 o'clock, they show porno movies. It's scrambled, but not enough. Please call 482-4588 or write to TCI, PO Box 649, Jasper, and tell them what you think. Joseph F. Casper Journalism professor poses some timeless questions Roger Simon columnist They can't play football, but their professors sure are funny: A tip of the hat today to Steve Helle, professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, for the following Items.

Can fat people go skinny-dipping' I know corn oil comes from corn, where does baby oil come from? Can you be a closet claustrophobic? If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they stick Teflon on the pan? How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign? If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? What do you do when an endangered animal eats only endangered plants? What's another word for "the- Does fuzzy logic tickle? Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny? Why is bra singular and panties plural? Should vegetarians eat animal crackers? If you shoot a mime, should you use a silencer? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Best of the Bumper Stickers "The gene pool could use a little chlorine." "Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine." "Time is what keeps everything from happening at once." "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog." "Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot." "I get enough exercise just pushing my luck!" "I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian." "Your kid may be an honor student, but you're still an IDIOT!" "It's as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you." "When you do a good deed, get a receipt in case heaven is like the IRS." "No Radio Already stolen" "Where there's a will, I want to be in it!" "If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?" "Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!" "IRS: We've got what it takes to take what you've got. "It's lonely at the top, but you eat better." "Forget about World Peace Visualize Using Your Turn Signal! "Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear." "We have enough youth, how about a fountain of SMART?" "Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot." "He who laughs last thinks slowest." "Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math." "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy." "We are Microsoft. Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated." "Three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can't." "Auntie Em: Hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog.

Dorothy." lm, Crartort Syndicate Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections? When companies ship Styro-foam, what do they pack it in? Why is the word abbreviation so long? Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift? If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound? If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?.

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