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September 6, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013: Letters to the editor

Just take your ball and go home, juwi

Once again I feel compelled to write on the subject of Big Wind.

First, I would like commend and thank Jerry Acres and his Board of Zoning Appeals for standing their ground against juwi. In previous hearings Mr.

Acres has always stated exactly what the ground rules were and what was going to happen at subsequent hearings. I’m appalled juwi’s attorney tried to drag Mr. Acres’ reputation through the mud. Juwi has played its legal games since the nine-hour BZA hearing in March didn’t get the decision it wanted. Clearly juwi’s intentions are to continue to batter the BZA until it gets what it wants. When juwi’s attorney implied that the BZA was in collusion, I had to ask myself, how many times has juwi met privately with some of our Board of Commissioners and Plan Commission members? All the while the meetings that we are allowed to attend we must sit quietly and watch as most of our commissioners do exactly what they want, public sentiment is damned.

Mr. Michael Rucker, CEO of juwi Wind, was quoted as saying that the chairman of the BZA has created a dysfunctional, unstable business environment for investors looking to create economic development opportunities and jobs. Once again I say to Mr. Rucker, thanks so much for your concern for the citizens of Tipton County. If the industrial wind turbines will not affect property values, why the big fight in providing a property value guarantee as a requirement of the conditional use permit you were given at the end of March? Oh, and the jobs the wind companies like to promise are temporary and not going to go to local workers. The few permanent jobs will be skilled labor from Indy most likely, or other surrounding cities or states.

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