Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 14, 2013

July 14, 2013: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Scandals continue to rock presidency

I am writing this on the fourth of July, when we celebrate our freedom gained in 1776. How long it will last is certainly questionable as we continue to see freedom eroded with all the scandals of the Obama administration:

• The IRS that targeted conservative groups requesting 501(c)4 status to engage in tax deductible fundraising and to educate the American people on proposals of the candidates for election.

• The failure to protect the Benghazi U.S. ambassador, likely because Obama didn’t want to have to admit terrorism was alive and well just before the 2012 election.

• The NSA spying scandal that has been revealed by Edward Snowden. The government is looking at all our private affairs. When that information will be used against the American people is anyone’s guess.

• The IRS released Mitt Romney’s tax return to a group advocating gay marriage, and it was used against him in the 2012 election.

• The tea party was immobilized by the delays and IRS harassment, which one estimate indicated that Republican vote was suppressed because the conservative groups could not get a timely 501(c)4 approval from the IRS.

• The Department of Justice engaging in gun-running to Mexico is another scandal, which has gone unanswered. One agent was reassigned, keeping his pay and benefits. You notice that no one has resigned or been fired or charged or brought to justice for any of these violations of law. This continues until this day with so many certainly unethical if not illegal acts continuing, it is almost impossible to keep up with them.

The Arab spring has turned into an Arab nightmare for Egypt, Libya, Iran and other Muslim countries. They have elections that seem to always elect a dictator who will not resign when confronted with evidence of wrongdoing. This is also true in South America as well. The common denominator in all these cases is that a dictator never says, “I was wrong,” and never assumes any responsibility for his actions.

This is just like the current crop of politicians in Washington. They think they are above the law and choose to do as they please. They would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act. They are continually driving up energy costs with a unilateral war on coal, denying oil drilling permits, not approving the Keystone pipeline, which has been asserted safe, etc. Nobody resigns, no one is prosecuted, no one assumes responsibility. After almost six years it is still “blame Bush.”

Looks just like the dictators around the world. Hopefully we will be able to maintain and enhance our freedoms in years to come by keeping our elections honest enough to do it. It is up to the American people.

James D. Boyd, Ph.D.

Galveston

How would you feel if industry moved in?

Imagine investing a majority of savings into property that you elected to call home for several years to come, perhaps everlasting. Picture the enthusiasm surrounding the completion of investment and accomplishment toward new beginnings. Recognize you have finally established a place to call home in an ideal environment.

Now contemplate not even living there for two years and finding potential dreams destroyed by outside forces, absent your control. Welcome to my life.

The wind farm industry, if allowed to continue forward in Tipton County, will have supplanted the last year and a half of my life a waste. An industry piggy-backing off the wallets of the American taxpayer seeks to diminish my American dream.

These industrial machines are not cleansing the electrical grid of fossil fuels. These are political machines and run roughshod over whomever stands in their way. Lives will be destroyed to subtract funding from one political party (shutting down coal plants) to subsidize the other party camouflaged as industrial wind turbines.

Common sense tells me that a landowner would not allow anyone to place an industrial wind turbine on his property solely upon the principle of reducing carbon emissions to save Earth. Eliminate money from the equation and you would be left with scores of landowners wearing white T-shirts and screaming bloody murder about shadow flicker and ice throw.

I didn’t move to industry; industry moved to me, and I want out desperately. I do not seek pity or commiseration; others will be harmed far more than me from these political machines.

John Pope

Sharpsville