Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 18, 2013

Dec. 18, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Tipton should adopt the ‘Marshall plan’

First off, I believe I must respond to the one-sided response from Karen Tyler Adams of Kokomo on Dec. 10.

I have been a small cattle farmer for more than 40 years, and I have lived in Tipton County for 25 years and raised cattle. I say small farmer because my neighbors all around me farm thousands of acres. I have loved living in this great farm area all of this time.

One thing for sure is I’m from Tipton County, not Kokomo, and I have done my homework on wind turbines. Just a few points on wind turbine research:

No. 1, the Obama administration gave the wind companies a pass on killing golden eagles and bald eagles for the next 30 years. Thousands are being killed by wind turbines.

No. 2, many countries have increased the setbacks from 1 mile to 3.1 miles, as in Australia, and it is not to protect animals. These other countries have more experience with them than we have in America. California has 4,000 of them rusting and Hawaii has 28 of them rusting. They were the first to experience the ramifications of wind turbines.

The Marshall plan that was passed in Marshall County is what we, the citizens of Tipton County, would be happy to live with. It gives the landowners who are for windmills the opportunity to have them (but smaller ones) to supply electricity to their homes, barns, workshops, etc., and sell the surplus to power companies. It’s a win-win for everybody.

I’m a father of a teacher and also have a daughter-in-law teaching in the school system. They did their homework. They are against wind turbines.

Jim Leffler


All groups deserve equality under law

The Oklahoma State Capitol building has a Ten Commandments monument in front of it, even though there is no governmental interest in telling residents they may have no other gods or to honor a Sabbath.

In fact, if the government did try to enforce such prohibitions it would be a direct violation of the Free Exercise and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment. Prohibitions on murder and theft are universal and long predate the formation of these commandments.

But this monument exists because Christianity is wildly popular in Oklahoma, as it is in Indiana. So, if the government is allowing religious monuments, it must support the right of all religious groups to do just that, including Satanists. Yes, a Satanist group wants to put up its own monument in front of this state capitol, and now so does a Hindu group.

As a humanist and an atheist, I don’t believe any religion’s beliefs are literally true, though some might contain wisdom within them. But all groups deserve full equality within the law. I hope all state governments can fully support those rights. Either support those rights or leave the question of religion up to the marketplace of ideas.

Shaun Slack