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tired

Onalaska, WI

#21 Aug 16, 2007
I'm tired of watching long time residents of sparta losing their homes because of development. What happened to the American dream. Sparta was a beautiful city once. Now in the name of raising the all-mighty tax base our rural town is all but gone.Destroyed in the name of pure greed by the very people we elected to serve us. Driven by greed of our hard earned tax dollar that they spend without a thought. If they had to work for a living instead of scarfing off of tax money maybe they would see how hard it is to re-locate. CARE, The heartless group behind the ethanol plant, Is like a cancer that won't go away. A bad dream to most residents here. The location is wrong. You can't put this plant inside a city. None of those people will read this. They don't Care!
Fed Up

Winona, MN

#22 Sep 4, 2007
I am a resident of Sparta, outside the city limits, right near the area they want to build the ethanol plant. I am to the point now that even if the city council votes against it, my family is leaving Sparta. I have lived here all my life. I was born at the hospital in Sparta. I have family here. But I am leaving the area. I do not want to live in a place that has no respect for its people and their money.
Same here

Holmen, WI

#23 Sep 13, 2007
Most of the east side of Sparta, or what used to be Sparta, has the same view. I also am Moving and away from Monroe county after 5 generations here. A huge majority of the people have spoken against the plant and no one listens or cares. How can Several Elected and appointed officials turn against the voice of hundreds. There was a time not so long ago when they would be ushered out of town on a rail. The CARE people behind the plant don't even live here. This Has been a nightmare. But it proves money is always the deciding factor. What a greedy mess. So long Sparta, Sorry About your leaders.
E85 Scam

Park Falls, WI

#24 Sep 28, 2007
Voting down a referendum? Ok. The Elected officials of Sparta Wi, Have flat out refused to listen to the opinions of nearly 900 residents who signed a petition concerning the location of the ethanol plant. This is a dictatorship. This is a slap in the face of every citizen in Sparta, This is Admitting that they are not concerned with our health or the health of our children. All they are concerned about is how much of our tax money they can pocket off this giant ethanol scam. YES SCAM!! That was proven in 1978. Ethanol can not work. Can every family in America afford a new E85 vehicle? Will they buy a E85 lawnmower, motorcycle, boat motor, tractor, chain saw, generator, etc,etc. NO.
The Big Dodge

Holmen, WI

#25 Oct 15, 2007
The ethanol nightmare in Sparta is over, the plant will not be located here. Why? because the judge who was to decide on the referendum vote was legally bound to allow the citizens to vote on this issue, and the greedy CARE people and City board members knew what the outcome of that vote would be. The old "duck and run". It sure is nice to see the dreams of these rich and greedy morons backfire, at least once in a while. By the way, The New York Times stated that the ethanol boom was already coming to a close. Investors are losing their money! AWWWWW!
Ossy Coelho

Iran

#26 Nov 13, 2007
Please, stop the ethanol plant and import our ethanol from Brazil. Just ask Congress to repel the .54c tariff.
leave ethanol for Brazil to produce it.
The environment

Sparta, WI

#27 Apr 17, 2008
This is what I want my daughter to grow up around. I wouldn't dream of taking my daughter to the park with a ethanol plant right next door. Pollution a huge problem. Sulfur dioxide and Nitrous oxides are a large pollutant that comes from these plants. On really foggy nights in the town of Sparta the fog will combine with the SOx and NOx to create a lovely haze that all the residents can breath in. Way to go Sparta!! All about money!
concerned wrote:
The 35-40 jobs and benefits to farmers will still exist if the plant is built outside the city. The potential risks to the residents aren't worth it when the plant can be located elsewhere.
Also, there are plants proposed in Reedsburg and WI Rapids and one being built in Necedah. If all the proposed plants are built, they will require more corn then WI currently produces. I am all for farmers getting better prices, but what happens to the beef, pork, chicken farmers who have to pay those higher prices also. That additional cost will be passed down to the consumer.
Ethanol is not the answer to independence from foreign oil, it is just one small part of the equation. Plus, the energy benefits are negated by how much the plant will contribute to the green house effect. This plant will put out as much carbon as a coal power plant.

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