Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Pause to consider what’s important

I am writing in response to the recent outrage directed at Peter Heck for his comments in his commencement address at Eastern High School.

This is nothing more than an attempt to harm someone, guilty only of being a conservative.

First they twist and distort Peter Heck’s words and views, and then go into all-out attack mode. I ask you, liberals, is this the best you can do? Is this the best you have got? It is obvious the answers to these questions are yes.

I can visualize Peter Heck sitting back in his recliner, smiling and uttering the word “bingo,” and you protesters do not even have any idea what has just happened. You have just proved him right. The world does scoff at the idea of a woman believing the greatest role of her life would be that of wife and mother

Another thing he said, which obviously angered the liberals, is “that the greatest impact you will ever contribute to our world is a loving and devoted investment into the lives of your precious children.” Does anyone really doubt this is true for each and every one of us? If you are one who does not believe this to be a true statement, then the one you see in the mirror is the one with the problem.

In November 2012, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll and found 51 percent of survey respondents said children are better off if a mother is home and doesn’t hold a job. This does not mean a woman cannot do a terrific job of being a mother and also having a career, or that Peter Heck believes a woman cannot do a good job of both as well. It just means more people are in agreement with Peter Heck than those who are protesting his commencement address.

I cannot imagine anyone on their deathbed wishing they would have spent more time at the office. We have plenty of time to pursue our careers; we only have our children with us a very short period of time.

So maybe something good will come of all this insanity. Maybe more of us will pause to consider what really is important in life. As for you liberals, smile, enjoy life, and buy yourselves a DVD of “Mary Poppins”.

Marty Kemp


Fact vs. fiction: The turbine debate

In the wind energy debate, you’ve heard from a group calling themselves the CRD (Citizens for Responsible Development). We are proponents for responsible development as well. To be responsible, one must base conclusions on scientific facts derived from credible sources.

On CRD member shirts is the statement, “Know the Facts.” After hearing them tell how wind turbines affect human health and safety in a negative way, we decided to conduct our own research to know the facts.

We thought, “Where do we begin?” The Internet is often not a credible source for information. Neither is testimony from those with opinions based on preconceived ideas and personal perception.

Conclusions must be reached based on peer-reviewed scientific research. Therefore, we decided to contact universities in Indiana and surrounding states. We were impressed by their willingness to share research and extensive studies that have been conducted pertaining to wind turbines, specifically relating to health and safety issues. We would like to share that which we have learned.

The primary areas of concern are: noise and vibration, shadow flicker and ice throw.

Here are the general findings:

There is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health.

There is no evidence for a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as “wind turbine syndrome.”

Wind energy is associated with fewer health effects than other forms of energy generation, and in fact, will have positive health benefits.

In letters to the editor, we will submit to the newspaper scientific findings on noise and vibration, and shadow flicker and ice throw.

Judy McKinney

Tipton County Wind Farm Communications Committee

Time to recognize gay marriages

Less then 100 years ago, women were arrested for trying to vote, or trying to register to vote. While these arrests are documented by photos or early film, there is hardly anyone alive with any memories of their mothers, grandmothers or aunts being arrested.

Up until the 1960s, African-Americans (both men and women) were regularly denied the right to vote by poll questions, which asked absurd questions like how many bubbles in a bar of soap? Correct answer: Who cares.

Now, gays have never been denied the right to vote for being gay, though there are probably people who might think that wouldn’t be a bad idea. But they are denied the right to marry whom they want to marry.

Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandle went to the Dallas, Texas, clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. They being two men and this being Texas, they were, of course, denied. If they were a man and a woman who had met each other five minutes before, they would have been approved without question.

If you are two men or two women who have been together for 50-plus years (as some are) then, in most parts of the nation, you have no right to marry the person you love. You are a second-class citizen when it comes to marriage, just as women were second-class citizens when it came to the right to vote.

But, they can marry someone of the opposite sex? Or in other words, someone they have absolutely no more attraction to than a heterosexual man or woman has to someone of their same sex. In other words, a meaningless choice.

It’s time the state of Indiana recognizes our gay family members, friends, co-workers and fellow citizens, who want to marry.

Shaun Slack