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November 26, 2013

Nov. 26, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo requires more tornado sirens

Come on, Kokomo. Don’t wait any longer! We don’t want another Washington, Ill., again!

Before we retired and moved to Texas, there was talk about sirens, and I hear there’s talk again now! Go ahead, get them. Most of the towns here have them — even the smaller towns where they need only one.

We have them, and it sure helps. We’ve had an EF-5 tornado tear through here — all saved, too, and we thank the use of the sirens!

So go ahead, get them! I have too many loved ones up there still, and I want them safe!

Eleanor Tyre

Pampa, Texas

2 reasons against turbines in county

People say the reasons those who do not want industrial wind turbines around them base their reasons on emotions. The reasons for not wanting industrial turbines around us aren’t emotional. There’re long lists of hard facts and common sense arguments against placing these in populated areas. Two of those were brought out by the recent storm.

The paper reported last week of a recently approved countywide warning system to warn all residents of Howard County regarding severe weather. However, those living around turbines won’t easily be getting these warnings due to a natural phenomena called “multipath.”

A signal being transmitted to any given receiver, be it TV, radio, storm radio or cellphone comes to you in multiple paths from many directions, like light from a bulb. It isn’t a single signal. The blades of the huge rotating turbines cause reflection to the multiple paths of warning signals aimed towards you. If the blades are turning, which they will in a storm, they will disrupt many of the paths of the signal. This confuses the message to the receiver. Thus we won’t be able to receive clear warnings to take shelter, endangering our lives.

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