Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 5, 2013

July 5, 2013: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Listen to us ‘crazy folks,’ Tipton officials

Outnumbering leaseholders more than 2 to 1, citizens opposed to further expansion of industrial wind turbines in Tipton County were, again, in the vast majority June 27 at the public hearing for the Tipton County Comprehensive Plan held at the Tipton County 4-H building.

The strong showing of opposition against wind farms has become the norm at the public hearings and county meetings. Between the BZA hearing in March, the monthly county meetings and the public hearing for the Tipton County Comprehensive Plan, Tipton residents have made it abundantly clear we have no desire to have our homes surrounded with industrial wind turbines.

As leaseholders, the Tipton County Wind Farm Communications Committee’s attempts to persuade citizens to support their efforts to increase passive income at the expense of homeowners is an exercise of futility. Tipton homeowners are not attracted by the offer to forfeit their property rights and risk their property values because a university professor concluded that aversions to wind turbines are simply the result of mass hysteria and psychological issues among those opposed.

In the words of Billy Joel, “You may be right, I may be crazy.” Maybe it is crazy that I do not find appealing the idea of nearly 500-foot tall industrial wind turbines with moving parts the size of a Boeing 747 and flashing red lights surrounding my house. Maybe a completely sane, rational and scientific person would be excited by that opportunity.

However, based on the undeniable opposition to wind farms in the Comprehensive Plan survey results and the overwhelming turnout by opponents to the public hearings, it appears the majority of Tipton County citizens, like me, are crazy. It is time for our county officials to start listening to “us crazy folks” and close the door on wind farms.

Tipton deserves better and has much more potential than taking the bait of a questionable and divisive industry.

Nathan D. Salsbery

Tipton

What if every church marched on D.C.?

“We may be pro-life, but we are not being Christian ...,” T. Russell Hunter said for Abolish Human Abortion.

We are like the parable of the Good Samaritan. We are like those passing on the other side of the road, minding our own business, tending to the affairs of life.

Have we ever considered the church in Nazi Germany? Attending church every week, worshipping the Lord, attending to their daily lives while millions of Jews were being slaughtered in their backyard.

Wake up, church. Come out of your slumber!

So what would it take to get every church in America to shut their doors this Sunday and storm the gates of Hell — Washington, D.C. — and make our stand against the slaughter of innocent children once and for all? We could put an end to this abomination this Sunday!

It is time for us to put the responsibility where it belongs. We have left it up to lawyers and politicians, and they have failed miserably.

Michael J. Amatuzzo

Greentown

A false perceptionof popular opinion

From reading the paper, one might think the majority of Tipton residents are against windmills making electricity in our community. I challenge that argument.

When people are opposed to an idea, they become vocal, which is certainly their right. But that doesn’t mean the majority are against the idea, just the ones who are making their wishes known.

I read the online survey on Survey Monkey, which opponents of windmills cite as support for their position. There were 123 respondents to the survey, which represents 0.007 percent of Tipton’s population.

One of the questions is: “In your opinion, what are the five best things about Tipton County?” Six people said the best thing about Tipton County is no wind farms.

Are you kidding me? You live in a community, raise a family, send your kids to school and go to church, and what you like best is a negative? If this is a popular opinion, I am a Survey Monkey’s uncle.

Another question was, “What types of development would you like to see in Tipton County?” A similar response was given, “No wind farms.”

I don’t feel this attitude represents the majority of our citizenry. Many letters to the editor want you to be enraged that these windmills are subsidized by us taxpayers. Coal, oil and natural gas are all subsidized by us taxpayers. That is why our electricity bills are as low as they are.

I just don’t want our community leaders, who are going to set our policies, being swayed by the false perception that the opponents of windmills are the majority. Maybe it is time for proponents of clean wind energy to speak up. It’s a pretty important topic.

Bill White

Tipton