When I read the Beacon last week, to say I was a little upset is an understatement. The Randolph RTS plant manager wrote a letter that was full of misstatements and half-truths that I feel compelled to write my first letter to the editor.
When Lake Byllseby residents are classified as "Overly Protective Golden Year Retirees" I take offense. The lake residents are a very diverse group. My neighbors include pharmacists, software engineers, doctors, pilots, small and large business owners, teachers, and truck drivers, just to name a few; and yes, some are even retired. For Mr. Harnack to put a negative connotation on my retired neighbors I take a HUGE offense. Most of these tax paying retired neighbors have not only supported our Blue Ribbon Randolph School Edition, they are also the reason that in the last few years we have enjoyed an increase in the water quality on the lake by being "overly protective." This improvement in water quality allows our children and families to enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating, hunting and other recreation without the large scale algae growth as in past years. RTS purchasing unused "pollution credits" from Northfield is nothing short of appalling.
As far as Mr Harnack's claim about all the wonderful jobs that this non-conforming recycling plant would bring to Randolph, a quick google search of your last two chemical plant endevours in Clatskanie, OR and Atkinson, NE shows that all you and your leadership team brought to a small community is violations, bankruptcy and empty job promises. You may have fooled their mayors into believing your fallacy, but not ours.