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February 17, 2014

Feb. 17, 2014: Letters to the editor

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Another contributor, Dr. Timothy Shutt, suggests the viewpoint the Star discovers as “outrageous” is hardly new and not emanating solely from either Selma, Ala., or the same-sex marriage debate of the Indiana Legislature:

“All cultures I have ever heard of are to varying degrees chauvinistic, if not always racist (sometimes, in more or less ethnically homogeneous regions, that is not really an option). Indeed, I have read that, according to comparative linguists, the most common word for ‘others,’ the most common word for those who are not ‘Hellenes’ or ‘human beings’ or whatever, when one considers the whole array of known languages, reduces not, as we might expect, to ‘barbarians’ or ‘enemies,’ but rather — viscerally and dismissively enough — to ‘the stinkers.’ A revealing construction, if not, on reflection, entirely surprising. All cultures think they’re the best. Or all cultures I’ve ever heard of. Including our own — even in its most recent, most progressive incarnations.”

That sorry and ancient inclination, that assumption that one’s own people are best, can be found in the fading journalistic culture that produced the shallowness we see in The Indianapolis Star.

Craig Ladwig

Fort Wayne

Consider with care when waiving rights

The most recent ordinance adoption with regards to wind farms has provided the citizens of Tipton County a small increase in the protection of our health and safety. Most specifically is the increase in setbacks of turbines from residences. This area in particular is the most damaging to industrial wind companies, and it is precisely this topic within the ordinance that may bring representatives of industrial wind companies to your door.

The offer will be cash for your signature. Your signature will waive your rights to health and safety and bring an industrial wind turbine closer to you and possibly on top of your property line.

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