To the editor:

When I read the article in your paper that Ed Cole had a study for Dubois County Strong group, I was curious that in the seven-year time period, Dubois County's population was going to double from 43,000+ to 86,000+. In the same time period, we would have job increases of 7,000. My concern about that study number is what are the other 36,000+ going to do that don't have jobs?

The proposed road will take 3,200+ acres of land, house lots, business property, and farmland. These properties are now paying property taxes to our county. The loss of these acres will affect the schools' income, fire departments, and county roads. A large number of homes will be destroyed and may be be rebuilt, but where in our county?

Agriculture is big business in our county. Currently over 6,200 people are employed or own farmland in our county. The land is our factory to produce crops for feed consumption and human consumption. Once the land is covered with asphalt it is gone forever. If you have a brick-and-mortar building, it could be replaced in another location. Dubois County has been No 1 in ag sales in the state and No. 1 in turkey production.

I am curious why your paper didn't write an article on the other side of the road issue. Now is the time for discussion before they pick a route or no build option this fall.

Please send any comments to: Lochmueller Group, 6200 Vogel Road, Evansville, IN 47715.

—David Ring