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Daily News Editorial – Shining stars and meteors

By Staff | Jan 17, 2008

A shining star to all community members who turned out for the public informational meeting on Superior Ethanol’s proposed waste water system. That display of concern for our environment is a top-notch quality for northwest Iowans.

On the same note, a shining star to the members of Superior Ethanol management who explained the situation and helped clear up some of those public concerns. They dove into the information and explained the issue in a way everyone can understand. We also give them a shining star for committing to testing the water to be discharged into the west fork of the Des Moines River more than the DNR requirement of once a month.

A meteor to Gov. Chet Culver’s budget proposal because it cuts some funding from the states community colleges. Reports from the Associated Press say Culver’s budget honors only 30 percent of what community colleges are asking for in the next fiscal year, according to Rep. Jeff Kaufman, a Republican from Wilton. Community colleges are a vital part of this state’s education system and, like our local school districts, we want them to be able to operate as well as they can. Cutting funding won’t allow that to happen.