In a recent letter (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 29), Ms. Cindy Johnson distorted a few “facts” and avoided the inconvenient truth.
ALL commissioners have been invited to Quality of Life presentations. Only two have attended one of our seven events. One or more commissioners have attended every Farmers Feeding Families meetings. Bias? Frankly, I don’t care, but let the truth be known. Her story just fits her version of fairness.
The so-called “emergency” meeting is another distortion. The CAFO operators have proclaimed the Yankton County ordinance invalid since the 2006 amendments. No proof provided, just a claim. The scheme is being used in current lawsuits to validate building factory hog barns in accordance with the 2003 ordinance. It’s an arrogant and one-sided abuse of the system.
South Dakota Codified Law allows for the halting of this “take the law into your own hands” maneuver and declares the current ordinance valid while the truth can be determined and remedies sought. There is even a provision to file a complaint against using SDCL 11-2-10.
The state’s attorney’s use of “emergency language” was intentional and misleading. Yankton cannot afford to “wait and see what happens,” Mr. Rob Klimisch. We are being bullied. Are you?
Bias by the current commission? You’re joking, right? The previous commission was nothing but biased.
I would love to pause this bickering and work out solutions, but there are too many lawsuits from both sides to hope for a quick resolution. The least we can do is put a halt to building until the stench has cleared the air.