Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 22, 2014

Jan. 22, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Be wary of Dept. of Homeland Security

I actually hope I am wrong about the information that I am writing in this editorial. Last Friday, the Kokomo Tribune printed a story that Homeland Security was investigating a house fire in Peru.

There is some talk of doing away with county sheriffs. So could it be possible Homeland Security personnel could take over civil service jobs? Why should we be concerned about this?

Civil service jobs require personnel to uphold our Constitution. Homeland Security is a federal initiative. So with an executive order, we could conceivably have home invasion without probable cause, detention or even jail without probable cause, drones, etc., by the federal government.

Other reasons to be concerned about Homeland Security are huge armored car buildups; 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition recently purchased; target-practice posters featuring women who are pregnant, children, etc.; underground facilities in several areas of Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona and Colorado; offices in major cities.

The next concern is that this Homeland Security department answers to this current administration. Why should we fear it?

• This administration doesn’t like the military. More than 200 top military personnel have been fired. (Read Bob Gates’ new book.)

• It doesn’t like Christians. Obama quotes, “They cling to their guns and religion. This is no longer a Christian nation,” although a recent Gallup poll states 77 percent of the U.S. population believes Jesus is God.

• It likes to circumvent our Constitution with executive orders.

Last week, the non-partisan congressional hearing concluded the State Department headed by Hillary Clinton could have protected our Ambassador Stevens and the three Marines killed in Benghazi. She did nothing. If you saw the brutal way Ambassador Stevens was tortured and murdered (I have) you would never vote for this woman, especially considering the rude and arrogant manner she testified in the congressional hearing (what does it matter comment). Believe me, it matters.

Jim Richardson


What is the future for Tipton County?

Some 12 months ago, the Board of Commissioners instructed the planning commission to consider revisions to the ordinance regulating wind energy conversion systems in Tipton County. After numerous meetings by the County Planning Commission and with its recommendations forwarded to the BOC, the commissioners are expected to take action on the changes at their next meeting, Monday, Jan. 27, at 9 a.m.

The ordinance, in its proposed form, is considerably more restrictive than the current version. Some proponents of further development say prohibitively so. But, after months of meetings, public hearings, community discussions and public scrutiny, the BOC will accept, reject or amend the recommendations of the planning commission.

And it will come down to the vote of one commissioner. Commissioner VanBibber has been clear in his concern about continued wind turbine development; Cline, steadfast in support; Commissioner Heron, his decision will affect the entire county for decades … or longer.

In the months of discussions regarding revisions to the ordinance, I have been awed, discouraged, bewildered and understanding of those who have expressed absolute opposition to further development and, at the same time, for many reasons, have been reluctant to speak out with their concern.

If wind-produced electricity is in the future of our county, our nation, our community, it will be in 10, 20 or 50 years as well. Given the difficulties currently being encountered in the Wildcat Wind Farm, questions regarding the viability of wind energy and uncertainty of the effects on property values, it would seem caution, at the very least, would be in order.

I urge all residents of Tipton County to express your opinion on this matter; it is most important to the future prosperity and quality of life for all members of the community.

I encourage you to contact Mr. Heron and express your opinion, one way or another. You would be providing a service, not only to Mr. Heron, but to your fellow citizens as well.

Jim Ashley