Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


February 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 5, 2013


Turbine turmoil over fiscal compensation

With every decision there are pros and cons. Not everyone can be happy, and sadly society has become so self-absorbed that many of us can’t be happy for someone else.

I have listened to both sides of this wind turbine debate. The opposition wants to argue property values, flicker, red lights shining in windows, and animal and human health concerns. There’s already a wind farm operating in this area.

I have made many trips to this wind farm at different times of the day and night. I personally didn’t see any wildlife injured or killed, could not find any flicker, and the little red light was a small flash — just like a radio or cellular tower. I could only hear a slight swish sound when I stopped my car, turned off the engine, and opened the windows.

(For the record, the wind turbines were all operating in the field beside the road I was on.)

Yes, the landscape will change. It did with the introduction of utility poles, cell towers, bypasses and manufacturing facilities. Will we start a movement against utility poles? Automobile accidents involving utility poles and broken and downed power lines injure and kill many people.

What about cellphones? There are many major health and driving concerns with the use of those devices, yet we give those to our children.

This whole upset over these wind farms is that the landowners will receive compensation if they choose to participate. Why shouldn’t they be compensated? They purchased the land, pay taxes on it, and insure it. Be happy for your neighbor. Most are farmers who have taken the financial risk, and work endless hours with no union, no health insurance and no guaranteed paycheck or retirement. They produce the safest and most affordable food in the world for us.

Let the children benefit from schools, which I am sure will put every much-needed penny to use. These children are our future. We should do all we can to secure them a sound education.

We all use the services our tax money provides, and so we all benefit from the tax money paid by the wind farm and landowners. If the few can remove their selfish attitudes, then they could see a wind farm benefits all of us, with very few concessions.

Melynda Stokes, Russiaville

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