To the editor,

Jim, thank you for your excellent letter to the editor about sand mining (from Jim Ostrem, Aug. 23, 2012, News-Record). You hit the nail right on the head. A group of people with their only intention to kill the sand mining industry or any other project does no one any good.

Also, I see that the L.S.P. (Land Stewardship Project) is opposing it. Their own agenda is always very narrow and political. Usually, they want to zone their neighbors out of business. They want property rights for themselves; but not their neighbors. We do need zoning regulations, but they need to be reasonable.

Fillmore County needs every job possible. The county has about the lowest per capita income in southeastern Minnesota. We have employment issues and health care issues.

Our work force leaves the county for work in nearby counties and there go our young families. It is apparent in our schools and churches that the county's young population is going downhill.

Let's use our energy towards a positive point of view and everyone will be ahead. The journey is not going to be an easy one anyway.

Merwood Storhoff,