Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 19, 2013

Letters to the editor - Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Value rural living? Time to stand up

I would like to address all the citizens of Tipton County about the current fight to stop further construction of wind farms.

The wind farm companies try to sell you on the benefits, but in truth, the only ones to benefit are the small number of people (50) who have signed a lease. This is a relatively small number of people who are controlling the future of Tipton County.

Don’t believe the studies the wind companies have produced that your property values will not be affected. Several of the studies juwi cited don’t use the same data sets that are comparable to our area.

In two of the studies, the wind turbines are not placed in and around houses, as they will be here, but are set out and away from populated areas where there are no homes.

Some of you believe the rhetoric put forth by juwi that this will be a financial windfall for Tri-Central schools. Some are swayed by the promise of new jobs in the area. Some have been led to believe that there are no health or quality-of-life issues. I ask all of you to go to www.tiptonwindconcerns.com and find out the truth for yourself.

Join us in the fight against wind farms in Tipton County and attend a meeting at the Sharpsville Gym at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and our chili supper fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Our last chance to stop this is at the BZA meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Tipton High School. I encourage everyone to attend and wear white, in support of stopping further construction of wind turbines.

If you value your rural lifestyle, you need to stand up now and be counted.

Otherwise, the whole of Tipton County will become one big wind farm.

Theresa Vaughn, Tipton

There are other ways to spend $200,000

I was really surprised to see that the Kokomo-Center school system was going to spend $200,000 on equipping the school buses with Internet access. It seems to me that it has not been that long ago that the school systems were complaining about state funding being cut.

I know not all kids that go to Kokomo schools ride the bus, so they get no benefit. Also, there are a limited number of athletes, so even though they do sometimes spend time on a bus, it is still a limited number of kids.

Why is it important to track a bus with a GPS? They’re big, yellow and highly visible. If there is an issue, I’ll bet there will be 20 cellphones on that bus.

I would think that there are a lot of places that $200,000 could be put to good use other than Internet on school buses.

Pat Brown, Kokomo

To honor Dr. King, one must honor God

Like the abolitionist movements, the civil rights movement of the 1960s was propelled by Christian humanists. During marches and rallies, Christian hymns and spirituals were sung, sermons preached, and prayers lifted up to God. Regardless of the diversity of individuals and organizations that joined, the movement coalesced around an ordained Baptist preacher, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The national day designated to celebrate the legacy of the movement is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, not Philip Randolph or any other day.

I therefore simply observe that those who seek to honor the legacy of the Rev. King without ever honoring the self-revealed God whom he served, or even in some instances taking pleasure in rejecting the loving God whom he served, will never completely honor the legacy of the man. He cannot be summarily divorced from the faith that compelled and propelled him and his followers to accomplish what he did. The subsequent difficulties within the movement’s leadership following the Rev. King’s assassination attest to the results of rejecting God’s presence and direction. Those who honor the Rev. King best are those who humble themselves before the self-revealed God whom he served.

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill