Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Snowden leak wasa service to citizens

Edward Snowden has sure caused a stir. Where is he? Russia? You know darned well he does not want to be found by any agent of the United States or surrogate thereof and in his lifetime, never will.

Here is a guy who says he did not like what he was seeing. It bothered him that the United States government was spying on its own citizens ... not a little, but a lot ... without court approval. Here is a guy who had a high clearance level to the secrets of our government and worked for some independent contractor charged with managing those secrets.

Think about it. What did Snowden have to gain from going public with what he has? It sure has not made him safer and, as far as we know now, it sure has not made him richer. What we do know is that he has drawn the curtain back on practices of our federal government that likely violate the Constitution. And all this from a guy who worked for an independent contractor.

The insanity of the situation starts first with the fact that Edward Snowden was in a place to know what he does. Are we nuts? The most closely guarded secrets of government are left to independent contractors. Incredible.

It has been speculated that Snowden is a spy for China or Russia. If so, why would he go public? That makes no sense whatsoever. If a spy, he likely would have just faded into the woodwork and taken what he knows to aid countries not particularly friendly to us. By going public, he diminished the value of what he knows. By going public, our security agencies now know how vulnerable they are and can institute remedies. By going public, Snowden has informed the people of the United States that their government is spying on them in the name of making us safe from terrorists.

Those in Congress who are incensed over what Edward Snowden has revealed and want him caught and tried for espionage should step back. Snowden has done a service for those of us who believe in government for the people, not over the people.

Kent Blacklidge


Wind farm will mar views from the fair

It’s fair time again in Howard County.

Everyone has a different favorite part of the fair, and for many people, it’s the view from the top of the Ferris wheel. The charming rural character, the beautiful view of Hoosier farmland, the fun of pointing out landmarks in the distance and figuring out if you can see your house from way up there.

However, if the proposed industrial wind turbines are in fact installed, this will be the last year the county fair will have the rural character that dominates that view. Instead of seeing miles of open fields and countryside, there will instead be well over 100 giant turbines dominating that view.

At night, the sky will be disturbed every few seconds by the synchronized blink of 124 very bright red lights. Pioneer Village will lose its quaintness having these turbines constantly turning in the background during the day and flashing at night. This would also affect the annual Fourth of July fireworks. And this won’t be a temporary thing; these turbines will be up for decades.

So I advise that anyone who wants to see the uniquely rural character and charm of eastern Howard County from the top of the Ferris wheel, make sure you visit the fair this year to do so. There’s a good chance you’ll never be able to again.

Grace Aprill