Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 10, 2013

Letters to the editor - Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Opponents aren’t against leaseholders

Those of us who have opposing views regarding industrial wind farms are not attacking potential lease owners. You have the wrong point! We are not against any family who want to protect their future for themselves or their children.

Tipton County has one wind farm completed with four more to go. This is frustrating to deal with because it has created a huge separation in the county. The separation occurs between those people holding those precious leases, along with the very wealthy companies, vs. the neighbors and small communities that are impacted by the turbines.

Our first knowledge of these things going up in our county was only a couple of months ago. We were shocked to see them in eastern Tipton County. We saw an article in the Kokomo Tribune and decided it would be beneficial for us to attend the meeting that was held in December at Tri-Central High School.

Here is a list of concerns that should be researched: Shadow flicker, setback distances, noise impact, low-frequency and infrasound impact, aesthetics, accidents, fires, wildlife impact, health issues including wind turbine syndrome, property values, ice throw, insurance rates, tax benefits, responsibility for removal of turbines and ability of LifeLine helicopters to service wind farm locations.

All of these wind farms are approved with just the companies and the farm lease individuals. It has taken place without surrounding neighbors being aware of it most of the time, unless their neighbors are also farmers. We have a map of our wind turbine farm going up in our area, and from what it looks like to us, almost every farmer has at least one lease.

We are for anyone making their lives wealthier, but not at the expense of our health, the value of our property, or a significant change in the landscape.

We would like to suggest to everyone, whether you are for or against wind turbines surrounding you, that you look up things from the list above. We guarantee you won’t find negative information on the wind turbine companies’ websites. However, you will find a lot of real people posting their own stories or videos for you to look at yourself. We highly suggest that every lease owner do the research as well, because many people from other areas have wished they never signed theirs.

Dan and Nancy Carney, Sharpsville

Super Bowl ad hits home in Tipton Co.

Did you see and how did you react to the Super Bowl commercial, “Ram Trucks — Keep Plowing”?

Being born in 1951 and having a father who was the leader of the FFA, I met a lot of young men who became farmers. Just to be a farmer, many of them worked a shift at the Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo and then came home to be a farmer, because farming did not pay enough to raise a family.

So I know many of these farmers whom Paul Harvey talks about in the narration of pictures that Chrysler was singling out to honor. The fact that it was a Ram Truck commercial makes it even pull harder on the heartstrings, because more than half of these farmers I was introduced to starting at the age of 5 also made transmissions for the Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler vehicles. Mr. Harvey’s story would be a little modified from the way he spoke it to an FFA convention originally, but it would be just as impressive because it would include the farmers’ wives and the sons and daughters working right alongside good old dad, who always wanted to be a farmer, better known as the family farm.

I thank my father, Charles Edwards, who was the ag teacher for Tipton High School and who allowed me to experience that segment of my childhood to see what it took to be a farmer and how important of a job it was then and still is today.

The Super Bowl commercial came at a good time in my adult life, because my wife and I are currently working for Chrysler with our dumpster company, and it is hard but honest work, just like the image they were trying to project in that spot honoring the American farmer, which Tipton County has a lot of, then and now.

Brook Edwards, Tipton