Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 4, 2013

June 5, 2013: Letters to the editor

Only available land is Tipton farmland

The opponents for the wind turbines need to get on the same page. They didn’t want the turbines because they were going to ruin the farmland, and the farmers were just trying to make a fast buck. Now they say we need families and businesses in Tipton County.

Where are these families and businesses going to build? How many families and businesses will be enough? How many housing additions, apartment complexes, condos, restaurants and Wal-Marts will it take?

Or maybe you want malls. And don’t forget: We need some roundabouts.

Where are all the projects going to be built? The only land available is the farmland; the land that you said you wanted to protect. Whom do you think will make a profit or fast buck then?

What about the people who said they moved to Tipton County to build their retirement homes for the peace and quiet? I guess that wasn’t true.

The BZA wouldn’t let two of its members be included in the decision-making because it said they had a conflict of interest, yet it got two members who were against the turbines. No conflict of interest there! The board overstepped its bounds, and its decision should be thrown out and the county should get to vote.

We all know the county and townships need money. The question is where the money will come from. Do we really want Tipton County to be another suburb of Kokomo or Westfield–Carmel? I certainly don’t.

Gloria Maxwell


Romans would look approvingly at U.S.

“Will the way of suffering love prevail, or not?” Pastor Randy Miller of Howard-Mennonite Church asked in one of his recent Sunday morning sermons.

He told the story of a first century Galilean rabbi named Hananiah. The occupying Romans forbid the teaching of the Torah, to ordain rabbis or gather publicly to pray, under penalty of death. Hananiah openly worked among the poor and needy, ran a school and both taught and prayed in public. The Romans arrested him, wrapped him in the scrolls of the Torah and burned him at the stake.

Today we are much like yesterday. The government forbids prayer before events it sanctions. We cannot post God’s commandments in our schools. The government separates itself from God and does not project God in its workings, even when the foundation on which our nation was built was the belief that God is at our head. And we cannot teach in our school how the God, in whom we trust, created everything.

If we refuse to comply with these edicts, we figuratively will be wrapped in the Scriptures and burned at the stake because, when push comes to shove, we will be punished by the existing laws as we advance God in — as of right now — forbidden ways.

The ancient Romans thought watching people die helped build character, and they gathered in their arenas and coliseums to see the sacrificial events. Their gladiatorial contests and public executions were well-attended. Those Romans would look on approvingly at us today.

With all of the murders we hear about in our area, our state, our nation, in the other countries of the world, and the murders we see on our television shows, in the movies we watch, on our newscasts, in the video games our children play, and the 40 million-and-counting murders of our unborn babies since it became a court-ordered option in 1973, we ought to be the people with the greatest amount of character in the entire world.

Oughtn’t we?

Jeff Hatton