Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 3, 2014

Jan. 3, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Equality will come,so why not now?

Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair just got married Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. Specifically, they got married atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation wedding cake float during the Rose Bowl Parade. Congrats to the happy couple. I have a feeling they will have a long marriage.

The vast majority of those lining the streets of the parade likely were cheering them on. Family and friends were either there in person or watching on television. California once again has marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

Heck, even in Utah there is marriage equality. I viewed pictures on the Internet that showed happy and joyful couples (with their friends and family) marrying in a state that few believed would see same-sex marriages anytime soon.

Sometimes progress is baby or incremental steps, and sometimes it comes so fast that it takes your breath away.

A marriage equality ban was defeated late in 2012 in Minnesota and soon after, full marriage equality was voted in in that state. Marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington and now Utah. All in basically the past year.

Now, there are those afraid of the ability of gays and lesbians to marry in Indiana. They want to ban these marriages through a state constitutional amendment, though history and the public tide is not on their side. Even if they win, in the short term, the question will not be if there is marriage equality in Indiana, but when — and not just when, but why not now?

Colleen Kronquist


Ordinance should have fixed dB level

There are may articles about the Tipton County wind ordinance and its shortcomings.

Is Mr. Walker’s hearing now the problem? Or is the wind turbine noise the problem? Mr. Walker’s hearing is in no way going to affect the people in the rest of Tipton County. Wind turbine noise will.

Is the government now saying older citizens with hearing deficiencies are the only ones who are affected by wind turbine noise? There is something that is problematic here, and it is the government support of wind turbines.

Tipton’s planning for a wind ordinance has been nothing more than a deceptive game. OSHA has noise standards for industry. I completed the OSHA training course and was a certified instructor for the construction industry. OSHA has fixed settings for noise levels and durations. It has fixed fines for non-compliance. In the Tipton County ordinance, it is time to eliminate fluctuating ambient noise levels and enforcement when it suits the violator.

The wind ordinance should be a fixed dB level, 24 hours per day and 365 days a year. Not a floating variance to coddle the wind industry.

Compliance should be enforced with a daily fine — not maybe we will talk about it after 90 days, and send people to the doctor to see what their problem is when they file a complaint.

Folks, it is time to get this done for the citizens of Tipton County and not at the favor of the wind company.

Russell Turk