Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2013

The time is now to take a stand

The citizens of Howard County have watched Tipton County’s elected officials deal with growing opposition to wind farms. They have responded to the concern of their citizens and are reviewing their ordinances related to wind development.

The purpose of having representatives in local government is to represent the people’s will. When the financial gains of a few threaten the quality of life for many, the ordinances that allow it need to be changed. Allowing a property owner to install huge wind turbines as close as 1,000 feet from his neighbor’s home without any notification seems ludicrous.

Recent developments have highlighted the awakening, too late, of residents who “wake up” to the negative results of industrial wind turbines built too close to their homes. It is not too late to save the peace and quality of life in eastern Howard County and every part of the county. Our county commissioners work for the entire county and all its citizens.

We’ve heard many say they will move if Wildcat Wind comes to Howard County. I personally know families who are preparing their homes for sale. Also, we’ve been told by local real estate professionals that questions have been asked regarding where the wind farms will be located. Some have declined to tour homes in the possible wind development areas.

Obviously, if industrial wind farms move in and people move out, our local tax revenue will decline. School corporations will suffer as enrollments drop.

If you’ve been thinking, “It won’t affect me”-think again-our taxes are paying subsidies in the multi millions. If the ordinances aren’t revised now and wind installations come to Howard County it will open the door to every wind energy company looking to cash in.

Susie Cox, Greentown


Leaders need to make public prayer priority

America has suffered significant disasters in recent months. In every response to these disasters, both man made and natural, leaders at every level have been consistent in their response. From the president of the United States to governors and mayors, those affected by the disasters have been told, “We are praying for you.” Sadly, however, we have yet to hear any of those making such a declaration utter one prayer for anyone affected by disaster or for the nation.

America’s founders, enlightened by the revelation of God, prayed publicly in the name of Jesus Christ. Public prayers were given in periods of both national tragedy and national celebration. President Franklin Roosevelt offered public prayers in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the dark days of economic devastation and World War II. In his fourth inaugural address, he declared, “So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly… to the achievement of His will, to peace on earth.”

In a mid-Atlantic summit with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt invited the crew of the American warship upon which he was embarked to join in singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” after having described the United States as “the lasting concord between men and nations, founded on the principles of Christianity.”

What is preventing our current leaders from fulfilling the promise they are making to our fellow Americans? If they publicly declare that “we are praying for you,” then why do they not publicly pray? The answer, it seems, is that they offer prayer to the victims of these several tragedies with all of the insincerity that they can muster. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that we continue to see Americans as the victims of increasingly frequent tragedy.

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill