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May 5, 2014

LETTER: Geiselman for Center Twp Board; wind farm dangers

Geiselman is ‘strong, compassionate’ man

I want to offer my endorsement of Steve Geiselman for Center Township Advisory Board. I have known Steve my whole life and have watched him as he has become a strong and compassionate leader. When I was in need, he went above and beyond to give me good advice and helped me focus to find ways to attain my goals.

He is a great man and a qualified candidate to serve on the Center Township Advisory Board, and the community would be lucky to have him. I am writing to officially voice my support for Steve in his decision to serve our community on the Center Township Advisory Board.

Gerry Dale

Kokomo

Does a 7-ton blade present a danger?

“Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile,” by Ralph Nader, criticized car manufacturers for their reluctance to spend money on improving safety. It was a pioneering work that prompted the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, seat-belt laws and a number of other road-safety initiatives.

As wind energy continues its Wild West approach with impunity in these United States of America, the affected pine for a pioneer to set the safety standards for the safe siting of industrial wind turbines (IWTs).

In the meanwhile, it is sobering to glance at the short, five-page summary of accidents, fatalities, effects upon human health, blade failures, fires, structural failures, ice throws and environmental damage caused by IWTs at http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/accidents.pdf.

It appears the wind industry cares about their image more than the safety of the people living around their IWTs when E.ON spokesperson Elon Hasson states “such failures are rare” after the first blade failure in the Wildcat Wind Farm in February of this year. GE, another wind industry giant, followed suit by issuing a statement that included, “Blade breaks in wind turbines are rare.”

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