Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013: Letters to the editor

There is assistance for autism sufferers

I am the mother of Cheryl Guyer, whose recent letter to the editor brought tears to my eyes as I read her firsthand comments regarding my granddaughter. We have been overwhelmed with responses from so many people who are personally affected or have family members on the autism spectrum.

When I complimented her, her reply was that the main objective in writing the letter was to stress the most important tools in aiding in the personal, physical and mental growth of those on the spectrum. These tools are love, respect, opportunity and patience.

Don’t hide your child. Let them find where their piece of the puzzle fits, and let the community help. My granddaughter was in 4-H for 10 years and still volunteers. She was in Brownies, Girl Scouts and Special Olympics, and she participated in church, piano and dance. She is an avid reader and loves puzzles and games.

Granted, Cheryl had to push for others to find the potential in her daughter, but they were greatly rewarded. She is such a joy. Her personality, memory and sense of humor are God’s gifts to all who know her.

But this has been a very tough job. The family does suffer. The divorce rate is very high, and God bless the siblings who pay such a high price, but just know the reward will be worth it all.

Don’t ever give up! There is help out there and those who want to help, but it takes everyone to make it happen!

Shirley Straub


Single school turbine far from a wind farm

This is the rest of the story of “Northwestern school generating savings through wind.”

Its single wind turbine is 325 feet tall. The industrial wind turbines in Tipton County and proposed turbines in Howard County are almost 500 feet tall. And, there will be hundreds of them.   

The single turbine saves Northwestern School Corp. $127,000 per year in energy costs. I’ve heard the big industrial wind turbine farms pay the property leaseholders about $1,000 per month. The majority of county residents receive nothing, and there is no reduction in their energy costs. The generated electricity is shipped to other states.

Northwestern’s turbine is programmed to address the migration of the endangered Indiana bat. A bat eats 3,000 to 7,000 insects per night. If you multiply these numbers by thousands, the numbers are staggering. Bats provide a tremendous benefit to agriculture and human beings.

To protect the bats, between July 15 to October 1, the turbine is programmed so the cut-in wind speed is 5 meters per second (about 11 mph) from a half-hour before dusk to one-half hour after dawn. The normal cut-in wind speed is 3 meters per second (about 6.7 mph).

It is believed the bats are “fragile flyers” and will not be flying when the wind speed is 5 meters per second or faster. The turbine will not cut in until the wind speed reaches 5 meters per second, and it is protecting the Indiana bat.   

Wind energy companies, juwi and E.ON, say they haven’t found any endangered Indiana bats in Howard and Tipton counties, yet. Also, they say nothing about reprogramming their turbines during the bat migration period to prevent the killing of our bats.

Darrell Pennycoff