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April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014: Letters to the editor

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After attending the Tipton County BOC meeting on April 7, I felt compelled to share a few thoughts.

I have tried to keep from attacking our local elected officials as much as possible and, instead, attack the issues. After what I witnessed at this BOC meeting, I realize our local elected officials are the issue.

I witnessed avoidance, complacency and a true lack of leadership. If any other company had such catastrophic failures as E.ON has, twice within as many months, it would have immediately been shut down pending an investigation. In fact, in several other wind farms across our country, that is what has been done.

I feel as though the tail is wagging the dog in this county. I watched the leaders of our county avoid these questions and refuse to act. In these situations where leadership is needed, they turn and seek counsel from the county attorney.

If this is how we want our government run, then let’s just allow anyone within the courthouse who works 8-5 approve minutes and payroll and turn the difficult decisions over to attorneys.

A question was asked if the commissioners are going to take any action, and after a long, awkward silence where we all just looked at each other, at least Mr. VanBibber did have the decency to address the question. However, I feel as though this situation dictates that something more than an email be our course of action.

The only course of action for us as citizens is to write letters to the editor, attend meetings and ultimately to vote. This is the only time you get to grade your elected officials. As an elected official, they should desire your input. Even if you don’t know whom to vote for, voting at least let’s politicians know that someone is watching.

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