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May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013: Letters to the editor

Commissioner takes both sides of issue

Much like John Kerry several years ago, Paul Wyman seems to have actually voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it. This chap cannot seem to make up his mind on the issue of industrial wind complexes.

Just two months ago, Wyman wagged his finger in front of the Tipton BZA, pleading for the safety and concerns of Chippendale residents of Howard County. My question is: What has changed in such a short period of time? What has changed so much that the concerns of the eastern part of Howard County do not warrant the same concern as Chippendale residents? Is it the dollar signs, Paul?

Our politicians are subsidizing the younger generations down the toilet. These wind companies cannot exist without our tax dollars. If and when a wind company can buy its own land, manufacture its own turbines and create its own profits without the backing of my tax dollars, I might be swayed.

In 30 years, when turbines have covered central Indiana and are no longer viable, who cleans up the mess for the next form of green energy to take over? It’s a sad day in America when good people are hiring lawyers to defend themselves and their property from the government’s misguided use of taxpayer dollars.

Paul Wyman, I ask you to publicly explain your actions and reasoning for this sudden reversal. Industrial wind turbines belong in areas zoned for industrial use and not among rural homeowners.

Do turbines promote the safety and well-being among citizens living within them? No! Do they provide many long-term local jobs? No! Do they provide long-term local economic development? No!

Do they rip communities apart? Yes! Do they harm property values? Yes!

Ask yourself, when the bank wants to know the true value of your home, whom will it call? Paul Wyman? Nope. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of horribly applied “scientific” real estate data? Nope. Farmer Joe? Nope. If you answered “a licensed home appraiser,” then you are correct.

Put your money where your mouth is, Paul.

John Pope


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