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May 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2013

The time is now to take a stand

The citizens of Howard County have watched Tipton County’s elected officials deal with growing opposition to wind farms. They have responded to the concern of their citizens and are reviewing their ordinances related to wind development.

The purpose of having representatives in local government is to represent the people’s will. When the financial gains of a few threaten the quality of life for many, the ordinances that allow it need to be changed. Allowing a property owner to install huge wind turbines as close as 1,000 feet from his neighbor’s home without any notification seems ludicrous.

Recent developments have highlighted the awakening, too late, of residents who “wake up” to the negative results of industrial wind turbines built too close to their homes. It is not too late to save the peace and quality of life in eastern Howard County and every part of the county. Our county commissioners work for the entire county and all its citizens.

We’ve heard many say they will move if Wildcat Wind comes to Howard County. I personally know families who are preparing their homes for sale. Also, we’ve been told by local real estate professionals that questions have been asked regarding where the wind farms will be located. Some have declined to tour homes in the possible wind development areas.

Obviously, if industrial wind farms move in and people move out, our local tax revenue will decline. School corporations will suffer as enrollments drop.

If you’ve been thinking, “It won’t affect me”-think again-our taxes are paying subsidies in the multi millions. If the ordinances aren’t revised now and wind installations come to Howard County it will open the door to every wind energy company looking to cash in.

Susie Cox, Greentown

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