Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 2, 2013

Sept. 2, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Performance set stage for litigation

As I sat at the Tipton County BZA meeting Wednesday, and I was appalled at the way the lawyer for juwi talked to our BZA members and by the accusations made.

I am so proud of the way Mr. Acres handled himself. He never lost his cool, and saved the integrity of the BZA board.

In my opinion, juwi did not come with a property value guarantee at all. Its lawyer tried to run the show and do things her way by trying to get things thrown out that the BZA set forth. Shame on you and your group for acting the way you did.

You were trying to get Mr. Acres to slip up and make mistakes. You were trying to discredit the board. We could tell you were just setting the stage for litigation.

Now, to change the tune a bit: A friend stopped by and wanted to tell me she had been to a lady’s house in the Wildcat Wind Farm. E.ON had been there. She called them because of the noise and the shadow of a turbine on her TV.

E.ON just painted the wall and moved the furniture around to get rid of it, which it didn’t, and she called again. This time E.ON painted the whole living room, moved pictures off the wall, moved the TV to another place, and cleaned the carpet. What the heck?

Should this person, who is elderly, go through this just to live in her home? The problem is still not fixed. And Tipton County still wants to add more wind farms? When does it end?

Shannon (Kerr) Baden


Commissioners, we put faith in you

“I wish I had great faith.” These are the words almost every Christian has said at one time or another. But faith is like a muscle, which must be exercised in order to become strong; just wishing cannot make it happen.

Faith is what many here in eastern Howard County have been holding onto in recent months. We watch and wait for our elected officials to act upon the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government — a government that is, according to state law, “the servant of the people and not their master.”

Accordingly, it is public policy of the state that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. Providing constituents with information is an essential function of a representative government.

One has to wonder if all this controversy at county commissioners’ meetings these past few months could have been avoided if our representative government had held a public hearing last year before it signed a contract with an industrial wind farm developer. What a great way to get the residents involved in the process and find out if “we the people” wanted a wind farm.

Or if we wanted the turbines to be set back farther than is now being proposed. Or if we wanted the allowable noise limits to follow certain recommended safe guidelines. Or if we even wanted industrial wind turbines to be placed here at all in our quiet, rural area, with its uniquely charming agricultural character.

I’ll hang onto my faith. I’ll strengthen it each morning and continue to attend these county commissioners’ meetings. I’m encouraged now, you see, because at the last meeting I heard a commissioner say he had concerns.

He stopped a motion to change that contract with the wind farm developer because it didn’t address all those concerns. He wanted to spend some more time on it and make sure it was representative of the people’s wants. He took a step out in faith. He was exercising that muscle that makes faith stronger in each of us.

It’s called “loving your neighbor as yourself.” Thanks, Commissioner Bray. Thanks for serving the people.

The next commissioners’ meeting is 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 338 of the administration building, 220 N. Main St. Come and represent yourself. Ask for safety guidelines to be followed before this contract gets approved. Ask for the contract to not be signed.

Whatever your view, share it. Have some faith and representation. Once the contract’s signed, it’s too late.

Grace Aprill