Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 20, 2014

Feb. 20, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Blade failures are more prevalent

On today’s front page story [Feb. 19], E.ON indicated wind turbine blade failures are a rare occurrence. This may not be completely true. A Google search for “wind turbine blade failures” returned more than a million hits.

There are a tremendous number of news articles from every country in the world about wind turbine failures. Too many to be ignored.

A dark side of the wind industry many media outlets have failed to report on is the thousands of documented cases of serious accidents. These include numerous documented cases of turbines falling over, blades flying off, injuries to workers and the public, and at least 99 reported fatal accidents. Of the deaths, 67 were wind industry and direct-support workers or small turbine operators, and 32 were public fatalities.

According to the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, as more wind farms are built, more failures occur. The forum notes that of the average 104 turbine incidents each year, by far the biggest number are related to blade failure resulting in either whole blades or pieces of blades being thrown from the turbine. A total of 208 separate blade failure incidents have been reported up to June 2011.

Russell Turk


‘Commissioners can’t do simple duties’

I was at last Monday’s Tipton County commissioners meeting and heard the statements being made about how to pay for those RDC (Redevelopment Commission) members’ bonds. But what the public doesn’t know is that Mr. Heron asked citizen Bob Edinger, who served on the RDC in 2012, what he thought about using certain money to pay for the members’ bonds.

Bob said the issue had come up before and it had been determined that $10,000 couldn’t be used to do that. Mr. Edinger’s answer was the right answer, but the commissioners completely ignored it.

Why ask him if they weren’t going to accept what he knew?

The public also doesn’t know the commissioners weren’t really sure how many members were even on that board. The commissioners and Auditor Gregg Townsend went back and forth. Was it six or seven or eight? Every one of those commissioners has served on the RDC, but they can’t remember how many members are on it?

In January I looked up the Indiana Code. It says the commissioners appoint four members and the County Council appoints three. The terms are for one year. So every January appointments have to be done.

In January the commissioners only named three people to the RDC instead of their four.

I talked to a former commissioner, to check my facts, and she said she noticed they’d only made three appointments to the RDC too and sent an email to one of the commissioners after the first January meeting and told him they forgot one of their RDC appointments. She thought the mistake would be corrected the next meeting. It never happened, so she emailed him before last Monday’s meeting and reminded him again they were still short one appointment on the RDC. They still never corrected the mistake!

These commissioners can’t do simple duties even when they’re led by the hand and reminded publicly in the paper and twice privately by a former commissioner! When one commissioner was asked why the fourth appointment hadn’t been made, he said he didn’t realize they hadn’t done it!

This situation with the RDC members and the situation with the ineligible member they put on the plan commission shows the commissioners aren’t able to handle board appointments. How can we trust anything they make decisions on?

The county’s in a mess because the decision-makers won’t listen to people who know the rules and facts. If citizens don’t vote candidates in who care to listen to people who have the knowledge and vote candidates in who can learn and remember the rules and procedures, then we deserve to have outsiders shaking their heads at Tipton County.

A commissioner running for re-election claimed in his announcement he’s qualified for another four years due to his “experience.” The voters need to decide if they want this kind of “experience” to keep on managing the business of the county.

Jim Leffler