Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 24, 2013

Nov. 24, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Food pantry offers little in nutrition

Food pantries. Also known as food banks. They are organized to provide a source of food for those of us down on our luck for whatever reason and however long.

I am one of those who found himself in such a position. When my affiliation with Experience Works dried up and blew away, and my numerous job applications were and still are under consideration, it became clear I might need the services of a food bank to hold me over until my job searches would finally bear fruit. This is where the food pantry comes in.

My idea of a food pantry was defined as a large room with various food items spread out on tables. Those in need would come in and choose what they need, as was the case with the food pantry located in the former Button Dodge store on West Sycamore Street.

Having recently learned that the Kokomo Rescue Mission was currently headquartering a food pantry, and since the mission was fairly convenient to where I live, I visited its location.

After qualifying I was instructed to take my authorization form across the street to its warehouse, where someone would fill a bag for me. When I returned home I unpacked my bag. This is what I found: six bags of Cheetos, six bags of pretzels, four mini-packs of instant oatmeal, six bags of microwave popcorn, one box of Hamburger Helper, one can of black beans, one can of green beans, one can of pork and beans, two cans of Chef Boyardee, one large ziplock bag of pasta, two bars of bath soap and one roll of toilet paper. That is, this is what there was not.

There was no bread or rolls; no produce items; no canned or frozen fruit; no meat, fish or poultry; no dairy or eggs and no peanut butter. I do not provide this information as a criticism but as straight reportage of what was/is available at one specific food pantry.

What I was provided, while it might be enough to ward off hunger, goes a long way to qualify as “nutrition,” so I ask, does that really fulfill the goal of providing the poverty stricken with a reasonable level of nutrition?

Kenneth Crockett


Chrysler in crosshairs of turbine opponents

Certain citizens of Tipton County have often used scare tactics on this page to describe their definition of “responsible development,” or should I say, what they don’t believe is responsible development. We know their long-celebrated stance on wind. Lest you think those citizens representing responsible development are singularly focused on wind energy — think again.

Now we’ve come to find out Chrysler is also in their crosshairs. Congratulations. In your zeal to make Tipton’s public officials look inept, you’ve succeeded in making yourselves look far worse by potentially killing or at least souring some 850 jobs so desperately needed for the local economy.

While these certain citizens represent themselves as being for responsible development, they’re really citizens rejecting all projects or any commercial activity that happens to look messy in their eyes. They use the excuse that the Chrysler building is not “substantially” complete so as to force another hearing and waste more time.

The agricultural community has long been suspicious these citizens have other goals in mind. Now it’s confirmed — no wind, no Chrysler, no hog facilities, no dust, no farming late at night. You get the picture.

Tipton County is proud of the hundreds of Chrysler employees, retirees and loyal families who live here. We thank Chrysler for helping both Tipton and Kokomo in recent floods and tornadoes. We are all proud of Chrysler’s outstanding work in Indiana. They are the best of good neighbors.

Foreign agents could not have done a better job of sabotaging the economic underpinnings of a local economy than the “Responsible Citizens” have done.

We’re clear on what you’re against — now tell us what you’re for. And if you’re for it, why don’t you set your vendettas aside and work to bring some jobs and tax relief to Tipton County? We need help to fund such things as flood relief for the county, or increased funding for the schools so that we can better serve the children.

What is your solution other than to tax landowners and the farming community more?

Anabeth Rayl