Our belief is that the negatives to turbines in close proximity to homes outweighs the benefit to Tipton County. Given the problems being faced by Wildcat Wind Farm residents, some of whom live as far as 1,800 feet away from the nearest turbine, it should be clear we need to tread carefully and offer full protection to the large number of residents who would be exposed to them.
The protections the CRD has campaigned for are reasonable ones. The problem is the layout of Tipton County has too many non-participants in the area where some wind proponents want turbines. Counties around the country are increasing protections for residents as more information is learned about the impact of turbines on people.
We realize some leaseholders are disappointed, but given court cases like that in Massachusetts where they have ruled that turbines did cause harm to human health, it is better to proceed with caution. The modeling and projections done by wind companies are proving to be incomplete and inaccurate in predicting noise. Let us not create more harm.
We applaud the efforts of the board of commissioners and the plan commission to act carefully and thoughtfully to protect all citizens of Tipton County.
Panel of physicians should create plan
Regarding recent comments on the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been noticing the terms “debacle” and “fiasco” applied in equal parts, and that is understandable, considering the way the issue has been handled by both the Democratic and Republican factions.
When health care began to shape up as an issue, it started me thinking, and a plan formed. My idea was to create a panel, not of politicians but of physicians, one Democrat, one Republican, from each state, for a total of 100 physicians. After all, what group of people are better qualified to debate medical issues than physicians? Certainly not politicians.