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February 21, 2013

Letters to the editor - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


For one, I am grateful Mourdock revealed his religious beliefs before he could do harm. Clearly, the people of Indiana understood this. Personally, I would like to see Mourdock quietly slink away into anonymity for good. I would like for those Republicans who just believe a poor word choice was the problem to do likewise.

The Republican Party has enough nut cases to handle.

Kent Blacklidge, Kokomo

Turbines will result in falling population

The current debate over wind power has brought up some interesting thoughts. The two main arguments for the projects were jobs and taxes.

Now that the Wildcat Wind Farm is complete, it appears most of the jobs moved to the next assembly area; only a few people remain locally employed. So much for jobs. With the now-questioned conflicts of interest in western Tipton County, will anyone question possible conflicts in eastern Tipton County? Just wondering.

Pardon me, but it seems to me the construction of the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm with the now-voiced concern over property values will result in a declining residential population. Only farmers it seems want the windmills in their backyards.

With a declining population comes fewer students. So I have to question the expansion of the Tri-Central building fund. Why have all that money if no new students are going to appear? And where will the taxes go?

The Wildcat Wind Farm generates about 1.76 megawatts of electricity and occupies approximately 8,500 acres. It is financed using your tax dollars, as no bank or venture capitalist would touch it, and is owned by a German company.

And pardon me, it is an eyesore. At the same time, an 1,800 megawatt coal-powered power plant occupies only a few hundred acres (somewhere else). Of course the smokestack is several hundred feet high. But you understand that the stack only goes up because we allow it to.

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