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May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013: Letters to the editor

Prairie Twp. turbines a win-win for county

I like electricity. I use it almost every day.

And from teaching science for 38 years, I know where it comes from. My electricity comes from burning coal in southern Indiana.

Now, for me to get this commodity as cheaply as I do, it takes digging coal from the ground, transporting it to the electro-generating plant, burning the coal to make steam to turn turbines, and then I get this clean energy source delivered right to my house.

But, along with this convenience, someone downwind of the plant must deal with air pollution, water pollution, acid rain, mercury and carbon dioxide, as well as other pollutants.

My 3 acres of yard and trees in Prairie Township is not a big enough property to accommodate a windmill. But I am proud that my county is able to help produce electricity for someone else that is non-polluting and uses a resource that will last forever.

I am sorry that some people feel their property values will decrease and that they will be inconvenienced in other ways by these windmills.

But instead of monstrosities, I see the future. Instead of blight, I see progress. If I see a red light at night, I will know that Prairie Township is creating electricity that is “green.”

I am happy that some of my neighbors will receive money for sharing their land with windmills, because they will spend that money at Tipton businesses — helping our community prosper. I am happy that the existence of the windmills will help Tri-Central Schools and allay some of our property taxes. And my hope is that these windmills will, in a small way, limit pollution and the effects of global warming that come with burning fossil fuels.

I see windmills as a win-win.

Bill White

Tipton

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