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June 13, 2014

LETTERS: Vote for problem-solvers; turbines aren't good investments

Don’t elect parties; seek problem-solvers

I see the editorials are starting to turn political on the VA scandal. Some contributors are blaming the Republicans, the conservatives and, of course, the classic, blaming Bush. Whatever! Take your political party blinders off.

The root problem is the humans in the VA. Bad humans ruin everything for good humans. Always have, always will. And politicians enable them — all politicians. Politicians of today and politicians of the past, all.

Big Government has big problems, and only we lowly voters can correct it. Vote for political problem-solvers, not political parties. Get out of the rut.

Pat Harvey

Peru

E.ON turbines aren’ta good investment

Industrial wind turbines are a tragedy on Indiana. All county commissioners are scared of being sued byE.ON. E.ON is a bully. Bullies are cowards at heart. You stand up to bullies. So what if they sue? Suits aren’t pleasant, but suffering and harm if these are built are much worse!

County officials say economic investments enhance quality of life. What is a good investment? Is it one that brings five jobs, creates little to no tax revenue, and favors only a few residents? The millions E.ON claims it invests, will that bring the county income? No. The actual taxable property is small. Income to the county is 1.84 percent of the entire county budget! And quality of life? Industrial turbines bring loss of health, quality of life, property values and more damage to thousands who live near them and harm the entire county. The setbacks lock us in so businesses can’t expand. This is an outrage foisted on all by officials who aren’t being responsible to their citizens. This “investment” brings destruction.

Eastern Howard County doesn’t fit the description found in the contract of where turbines are to be built: areas of unemployment and poverty. Eastern Howard County has little unemployment. It thrives. There’s Plevna. Two Plevna businesses employ 36 people, nearly half the town’s population of 84. Compare that with five jobs created by the turbines. Most farms are subsidized. They aren’t failing. We’ve been told we’re collateral damage to a dismal project. Even leaseholders who’re compensated will suffer. What happened to all men are created equal?

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