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October 31, 2013

Oct. 31, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Months of testimony from all the experts and when the vote came up, Nancy Pelosi said we don’t know exactly what’s in this bill, just pass it and we’ll read it later. And they did, despite the majority of Americans saying no! And because it is such a good thing, Congress has exempted itself from Obamacare.

After months and months of testimony from experts on both sides of the wind issue, the Plan Commission decided to ignore the majority of the citizens of Tipton County and pass a watered-down version of a wind ordinance that was not agreed upon at the previous Plan Commission meeting. How can all the members of the commission know exactly what they voted for or against, if they had not had time to read or discuss it?

The concept of the overlay plan is confusing in itself. Is the overlay district where you can or can’t have wind farms? Did the overlay district include Wildcat I to allow more industrial wind turbines to be built there or did it exempt them from future expansion? What, if anything, is in this plan to address current or future complaints? These are all questions I had as I left the meeting.

So now, what is next? The Plan Commission decision is only a recommendation. The recommendation is then presented to the Tipton County Board of Commissioners. How will the BOC handle the most important decision they may ever have to make? Will they listen to the majority against, or will they listen to the few who stand to benefit from wind farms. Let’s take a look!

Commissioner Cline, president of the BOC, had to recuse himself from wind issues earlier because of a conflict of interest on being the beneficiary of a leaseholder. Commissioner VanBibber left no doubt at the Plan Commission meeting he wanted no part in creating another situation similar to what Dallas Walker was experiencing. The overlay plan does not prevent this from happening again.

That leaves Commissioner Heron. Will he listen to the majority or the few now, or in November 2014 when the majority go to the polls?

Stan Jones

Tipton

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