Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Courthouse hazards should be remedied

This letter is being written to inform the people of Tipton County of a safety concern that seems to be too small of an issue for the courthouse to take seriously.

Let me start by saying that back in the early March time frame, it was decided to cut down trees on the courthouse lawn. Sounds simple enough, huh? Well, some of the trees that were cut were cut in such a manner as to leave as much as just short of a foot of trunk sticking up. The county didn’t have them cut to the ground or have them flagged, or spray painted, or marked in a manner as to protect the public of the trip hazards.

So, approximately four months later, it happened: A citizen tripped over one of the stumps, broke bones in her foot and has filed a claim against the county for the medical bills. I don’t know the full extent of the injuries and certainly wouldn’t guess as to the cost this is going to be to the county.

But, folks, this type of thing should never have occurred, as public safety must be the first and overriding priority, period.

Why would I take the time to write a letter to the paper to inform people? Because two weeks after the incident, not one of our leaders has corrected this issue, and it leaves us as taxpaying citizens on the hook for legal liability. I even attended the BOC meeting on July 1 to bring this to the attention of our leaders. I got no response as to why this issue had not been corrected.

I would think county employees could clean this up and stop any further accidents from occurring. Everyone should contact their leader of choice and ask why this has been going on for four months, and when it is going to get corrected.

Why must citizens get angry and write letters to try to correct a safety concern? The views above are mine and keep me mindful of those who are supposed to watch for our safety and legal welfare.

Mike Baden


Put a moratoriumon wind turbines

The commissioners said they wanted to develop eastern Howard County. Maybe the vast expanse of fields seems undeveloped, but it’s prime farmland. Crops and livestock are what this land does best.

Family farms are incorporated businesses, some quite large, dealing in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Their products are cash crops, and with heavy subsidies, bring in a good income to Howard County and its tax base. Turning prime farmland into industry will harm this valuable resource.

Where family farms are subsidized, family homes aren’t. We who’ll be forced to live among turbines will pay more insurance due to greater risk of known damage from turbines and lose property value. Reports nationwide confirm homes don’t sell where turbines are located. Some will need to leave their homes due to health and safety with no compensation. Yet we’re told we must suffer for the common good.

What benefit to our county for our loss? Is wind energy a thriving business? Our county’s “investment” will create six jobs! Construction isn’t local. Not one yard of concrete came from Tipton’s IMI. The U.S. Department of Energy map shows Indiana marginal for wind! Turbines create power at double to triple the cost of conventional power. Wind farms exist only from huge subsidies. Each turbine costs thousands annually to maintain. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt. Subsidies will run out. What happens then? The proposed wind farm will pay no taxes to Howard County for 10 years. Power is sold to Michigan. Profit is reaped by E.ON.

Field damage from construction of wind farms reduces crops. Nationwide studies prove harm to livestock. Depletion of income from farm products will hurt Howard County and its tax base. Widespread damage to field tiles, plus disruption of water flow by multiple huge bases, will cause considerable flooding. Our roads will be destroyed. It cost millions over years to achieve what we have. Howard County will pay an exorbitant sum to restore this.

Since citizens weren’t notified for input during the years this was being planned, a moratorium is needed for more thorough thought. If this is a good venture, it’ll wait until we understand the long-term effects in Tipton.

Leelia Cornell