Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 20, 2014

Jan. 20, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — E.ON withdraws item before Grant County

I attended the Grant County Council meeting Jan. 15. E.ON, the company behind the Wildcat Wind Farm project, was on the agenda and a large group of concerned citizens attended. At the last minute E.ON withdrew its agenda item, but its representatives will be back.

To me, there is one key element in this wind farm debate.

In his epic speech in Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln summed up his address with his desire “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

That last phrase, “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” was ringing in my ears that evening. I sat there with a significant number of people, representing thousands of people in Grant and eastern counties who stand in opposition to turning our beautiful, rural county landscape into an ugly industrial site.

The key element here is that we the people don’t want this project. This government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. The voice of the people should be heard and heeded here.

Thousands in both Howard and Grant counties have taken action by signing petitions opposing this. That is what our elected county officials have the honor and responsibility to consider and act on. I trust they will represent us and hear the voice of the people.

Tim Rickel


Gay issues push aside key concerns

Is 2014 going to be the year of the homosexual?

The great German soccer star Thomas Hitzlsperger decided to come out this month as gay, after he retired six months ago. NBA star Jason Collins decided to come out just after the Boston bombings in April last year. Anderson Cooper strolled out of the closet on CNN last year, as well.

This is news? Anybody who has even remotely followed journalism knew Cooper was gay 20 years ago.

There have been gays in politics and the military for years. Time magazine even devoted its cover and a lead story to the homosexual in America as far back as 1969.

And let’s be real: Likening the LGBT movement to civil rights is like comparing Barney Frank to Ronald Reagan. With all of the coverage, worldwide and domestic, why does the LGBT movement feel it necessary to keep moving with its agenda? Now it’s gay marriage; what are next, gay astronauts?

I am not homophobic; I just think there are more pressing concerns facing us right now, such as the appalling suicide rate among our returning and wounded soldiers, a nuclear Iran, reawakening sectarian violence in Iraq, world hunger, drugs and totally insane fundamentalist terrorists.

So you are a man or woman who wants to marry the same sex? Fantastic! Mazel tov! Have a beautiful life.

Let’s just be aware we not lose sight of the other problems on the screen.

Brian Arias


N. Kokomo deserves better treatment

At the end of our recent snowstorm Jan. 16, I ventured out from my home on North Webster Street. I did not encounter a single plow or salt truck from Smith Road to Sycamore Street.

When I tried to contact our Street Department, I was told it closed at 3 p.m. and was not offered an after-hours number.

Upon calling the Mayor’s Office, I was told he was in a meeting. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted and told he was out of town.

My neighborhood has been well taken care of since my last tete-a-tete with Mayor Goodnight. Doesn’t the rest of north Kokomo deserve better treatment?

I am calling for the resignation or termination of our street supervisor!

Terry Hoover