Every competent leader knows tough decisions don’t come easy. More information is always desirable. Jurists know this, and so do military commanders.
The fact remains when the onus is on you by virtue of the trust placed in you by your holding an official position, you must work with what is available, do your own homework, study, listen to opposing views, weigh the facts at hand, use the best reasoning you can muster and then vote.
More importantly, if you don’t know what does and doesn’t require a publicly announced hearing, or you are biased and have a prejudged notion, recuse yourself.
Begrudging Tipton County landowners for monetary benefit and whining about the established process during the March hearing was very unseemly for two primary reasons. (1) In a capitalist society, economic development that produces wealth is the very basis for enhancing a community’s well-being. (2) Moving the goalposts is not possible during a football game and it is most assuredly not appropriate in the middle of a meeting, whose expressed purpose is to deliberate and vote on an issue.
Then, holding a subsequent meeting in July that wasn’t announced as a hearing and deciding hearing matters was an affront to the community at large. And finally, not holding the announced hearing on Aug. 28, when the parties were gathered, confirmed Mr. Acre’s bias toward the wind farm with his unilateral decision that smacked of a bully mentality. What is a five member board for?
The public deserves better than this, particularly since it affects so many people: the local school, the county tax base and the overall financial wealth of the community. In fairness to all Tipton County citizens, Mr. Acres or anyone in a like position in the future should step aside if in their own good conscience they are biased and predisposed about an issue, can’t accept the rules, feel inadequately prepared or don’t understand due process.