Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 22, 2013

Aug. 22, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Leaseholders miss point of BZA ruling

The letter to the editor titled “How will county’s needs be funded?” may have been more aptly titled “How will leaseholders’ wants be funded?”

Based on the BZA decision in March, which it reiterated July 31, the answer to the latter question is clear. Moving forward with the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, without the BZA’s two stated conditions, would have been at the expense of nonparticipating property owners through infringement of their property rights, property values and health and safety.

A few leaseholders continue to miss the point of the BZA ruling and the BZA’s purpose.

In no way did the four guidelines of the BZA, which directed its March decision after eight hours of public and expert testimony, include consideration of how to fund the Tipton County government. And never should funding county government by violating the rights of its citizens be considered a legitimate economic development opportunity. The BZA criteria serves the purpose of ensuring a conditional use permit does not adversely affect citizens and their property and that the application conforms to and promotes the objective of the ordinance.

At the end of the letter, the writer posed the question of what message the county wants to send other businesses thinking about locating in Tipton County. In response, if the business is a wind energy company, the message I propose we send is, “Get out and stay out.”

And in regards to claims that those who oppose surrounding the homes of Tipton County citizens with 500-foot industrial wind turbines are the minority, I have no idea as to what data points they consider to arrive at such a conclusion. Based on the overwhelming turnout by the wind farm opponents to public hearings and meetings relating to wind farms during the last seven months, it is not difficult to conclude those in favor are a clear minority.

Even some leaseholders oppose the county’s wind farm plans and support the CRD’s efforts. I have had direct conversations with such families with signed leases.

Add to this the simple math that multiple times more nonparticipating homeowners live in the proposed footprints than do leaseholders. And pause to consider the likelihood that a citizen, who is not anticipating a large check from a wind energy company, would be excited by the idea of surrounding his home with these industrial giants.

I may have questionable taste, but I’ve never seen an industrial wind farm landscaping theme in my wife’s issues of Better Homes and Gardens.

The question of who is in the majority is not a debatable point.

Nathan D. Salsbery


Ensure the safetyof abortion clinics

Details of the recent trial of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor, have caused us to wonder about the condition of abortion clinics in Indiana.

Gosnell was found guilty by a jury of three counts of first-degree murder for killing children by “snipping” their necks after the child had survived an abortion, and one count of manslaughter for the death of Karnamaya Mongar after an abortion procedure. Karnamaya’s death was attributed, in part, to unwashed and contaminated medical instruments used in her procedure. Also from trial testimony, it appears the local Planned Parenthood office knew of these unsafe conditions in Gosnell’s clinic but never reported them to state authorities.

In Indiana abortion clinics, we wonder:

• How many abortions have resulted in babies born alive?

• How many babies, born alive, received life-saving care?

• Were any of these babies, born alive, killed or allowed to die?

• How many women died or suffered adverse side effects from the procedure?

We believe citizens of Indiana should contact Gov. Pence and our state representatives to ensure abortion clinics operating in our state meet the state’s minimum standards of an outpatient surgical center. Public investigations and hearings are needed. Gosnell’s situation in Philadelphia may be unique but maybe not!

John and Beverly Reishus


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