Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 23, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Cars threaten safety of Foster Park events

Kokomo has many festivals and concerts in our parks for us to take advantage of and enjoy. The city administration has moved our festivals from downtown to Foster Park.

The only negative thing with moving them to Foster Park is the safety issue.

When they were in downtown, we had the sidewalks to walk on and the lights to cross the streets on. Now that they are in Foster Park, we have only two entrances to the park: one on Superior Street and one on McCann Street. The vehicles and pedestrians must both share the entrances into the park.

It is a disaster just waiting to happen. Neither the vehicles nor the pedestrians look out for each other.

The cars speed through the park, looking for a parking place, then speed out when they can’t find one. The walking paths west of the walk-over bridge to Kokomo Beach are overrun with cars either driving on it or using it to get to either side of the path to park in the grass.

Not every festival or concert brings in the large crowds, but the Ribfest, Haynes Apperson Festival and Taste of Kokomo always bring large crowds. Someone needs to monitor the driving on the walking paths and the speeding in the park for the safety of the pedestrians.

Maybe it would be wise to close the park off for the large events. I’m sure having a policeman at each entrance and blocking off the paths with barrels or signs would help.

Kokomo is a great place to live, and we have a downtown to be proud of. Since this is the first year to have the festivals in the park, I’m sure these are problems the city did not foresee. I hope in the future these issues can be addressed and a solution for everyone can be attained. Let’s keep everyone safe.

Bonnie Rawlings

Kokomo

Live without regrets; fight wind farms

Who among us hasn’t wished for a “do over”? Everyone has a regret, a life event for which we wish we could turn back the clock and change our course of action. Hindsight is 20/20.

We in Howard and Grant counties have an opportunity right now to change course and avoid monumental regrets. I’m speaking of the proposed wind projects that may come to our areas. Both county boards of commissioners have not yet reached the point of no return.

Our elected representatives, if they are ethical, at least started out wishing to serve the people who elected them. If they don’t hear from their constituents, they, hopefully, act in a moral, responsible way when making decisions. Can we ask more than that? We have a responsibility to inform them of our wishes, and if we do not, we deserve to bear the results of our apathy. But that could be a tough pill to swallow.

Remember when no one thought there was harm in asbestos? Cigarette smoking? Lead paint? X-ray machines in shoe departments? If we had known of the ill effects, wouldn’t we have spoken up? Doesn’t our government require warnings on cigarette packages?

The residents living near phase 1 of the Wildcat Wind Farm in Tipton and Madison counties have daily reminders of a misguided drive to “greenness” — they suffer in the shadow of nearly 500-foot tall wind turbines. Many of them have spoken out, trying to spare others from the same fate. They have filed more than 150 written complaints.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. We have a duty to be informed and involved in our democracy. If we give up this right, we forfeit what our forefathers, our fathers and grandfathers fought and died for. Please, if you haven’t been following this battle, start now. Don’t expect a few to carry the burden of defending the peace of rural life.

Go to easternhowardwind.com, grantcosetbacks.com or tiptonwindconcerns.com to begin your education on this pressing issue, and share the facts with your friends, family and neighbors. Then attend a county commissioners meeting and contact your commissioners. If you don’t, you may live to regret it.

Susie Cox

Greentown