Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Turbine issue tearsat our communities

In juwi’s filing, it is requesting a modification to the 1,500-foot property line setback mandated by the BZA, that it be modified to be 750 feet from a property line and 1,400 feet from a non-participating residence. Juwi’s proposal is a slap in the face to the Tipton County BZA, its ruling, and the thousands of citizens of Tipton County opposed to the plan!

Juwi acknowledges the BZA ruling and concerns in its application for modification, then turns around and implies that it is somehow meeting the spirit of the ruling by totally ignoring it and changing it!

In question would be how juwi is calculating the 1,400 feet from a residence. The previous 1,250 feet that juwi “graciously” proposed was calculated from the closest corner of a residence. Recently, E.ON has announced to Grant County residences that it, out of its own generosity and concern, will position the turbines 1,250 feet from “the center of a residence”!

There have been leaseholders stating how they researched the wind farms prior to signing on (7-11 years ago) and believe these are the best things for our county, our schools and our communities. They say this brings much needed investment to the counties involved and indicate that they are acting charitably and in the interest of everyone else.

Why don’t these same people donate a significant portion of the revenue they will/may receive from these land blights to the local school corporation?

These are money makers for the wind companies, their investors and the leaseholders. The money comes right out of the back pocket of everyone else. Federal, state and local subsidies pay for these things to be built — that’s your tax dollars! It’s money that could go to pay down the deficit or towards schools!

Then your electric prices go up as the electricity produced costs more; so-called “green” energy costs more!

I know that $15,000-$18,000 per wind turbine (E.ON’s numbers) to a leaseholder for a half-acre of ground out of production is a huge attraction.

Come on, people, let’s wake up and look at what this will do to our communities — what it is doing to our communities!

Kevin Vanosdol

Kempton

Independence Day reflection on rights

In a recent newsletter, Dan Coats, U.S. senator from Indiana, shares this reflection: “... [W]ith these freedoms granted to us as American citizens come responsibilities. We have the responsibility to cherish and defend the Constitution. We have the responsibility to be engaged citizens in our communities. We have the responsibility to vote and take part in our electoral process. And we have the responsibility to come to the aid of our neighbors when in need. It is up to all of us to protect and honor these freedoms for our children and grandchildren.”

It seems to me, if we are to defend the rights of our neighbors and protect the pursuit of happiness for our children and grandchildren and the right to enjoy our own homes, that means we have a moral obligation to tell wind turbine companies to look elsewhere. When utility-scale energy installations infringe on a most basic right, that of enjoying and using our own property, they must be stopped.

The role of government in a democratic society is to defend our rights. When property rights take a backseat to greed for personal gain driven by our own tax-supported subsidies, something is terribly wrong.

Susie Cox

Greentown