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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Who has seen the wind (turbines)?
    Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, the wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by. – Christina Rosetti
    This all seems sweet and idyllic regarding the beauty created by the wind. Capturing the wind for energy is also idyllic, and seems to embrace the picture posed by Christina Rosetti in “Who has seen the Wind.” Driving by wind farms for many may strike this sort of impression . . . peaceful and green. They really are quite a wonder. The magnitude and innovation. All that goes into the development, production, assembly and maintenance is rather intriguing. 
    It is certainly worth the time to study and consider all that it takes to construct one of these technological wonders. 
    The yaw mechanism keeps the blades angled to catch the wind, the turbine housing is built from a list of rare earth metals, the blades and housing combined can weigh an impressive 92 tons, the blade pitch control keeps rotors spinning at a consistent rate, the lights, the controllers, the sensors and the brakes, which keep the blades from moving too fast. This is just the beginning of the technology used in a wind turbine. 
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  • Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Noah Riley only got 2 years’ probation for binding a cat’s legs together so it couldn’t run, dousing it with gasoline, setting it on fire, and driving away! How can that be? How violent does the abuse have to be before a punishment, that fits the crime, is given? This story had responses come in from around the world because of the cruelty involved. Joseph Buser is the prosecutor and he was there. Was he sleeping?? He couldn’t even ask for the minimum jail time? And he let the felony charge drop. Remember this when it comes to election time!! He allowed this animal abuser back out on the streets. While Buser accepted the plea deal, Judge Heather Barajas, sentenced him. They both need to find jobs they can handle. No lesson learned here!
    This case had been on the books for over 7 months. The final sentencing date was set for Sept 5th, at 2:30. At the last minute there was suddenly room for it on Friday the 1st! Right before a 3-day weekend. No one was told! Many planned to attend, some even taking time off work. And of course, the media would have been there. Could it be that Buser and Barajas knew the sentence was too light, and they didn’t want to fight the backlash? No wonder no one trusts the system! They do what works best for themselves and forget the public they serve.
    Patti Williamson
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  • Saturday, September 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    To the residents of Montgomery County especially those who oppose government dictated land-use planning and zoning, consider the following:
    At the August 14 County Commissioners meeting a petition was presented asking the commissioners to start the process of enacting a comprehensive land use ordinance (a.k.a., Planning & Zoning). The excuse that the petitioners used to justify their request was “Montgomery County’s wind ordinance of 2009 is insufficient to protect landowners next to windfarms.” A lot of issues have come to the surface since 2009. ( www.wind-watch.org)
    The only response from the commissioners and their lawyer thus far is their claim that enacting Planning & Zoning is the only way to deal with the wind farm situation. They have still failed to explain why they can’t just amend the old wind ordinance instead of taking the extremely harsh step of passing a new Planning & Zoning ordinance, and so violate the property rights of every resident in the county.
    As the infamous Rahm Emanuel (the former white house chief of staff under Barack Obama and currently mayor of Chicago) liked to say, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
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  • Friday, September 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Our family wishes to thank everyone who helped and supported our son, Sam, and our family over the past almost two years while Sam fought leukemia.
    Sam needed his family and friends to be around him. We feel fortunate that one of us was always able to stay with him during his over 300 days as an inpatient, and numerous additional outpatient treatments. 
    Thank you to everyone in Montgomery County; North Montgomery School Corporation; surrounding school corporations; Christ Lutheran Church; and the town of Darlington who helped us. Your support allowed our family to be with Sam. We greatly appreciate all of the prayers, meals, fundraisers, cards, posts of encouragement on Caring Bridge, and expressions of concern, love, and kindness for our family. 
    We are blessed to live in this community
    Chris, Lisa, Mary, and Matt Jackman
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  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Montgomery County, Indiana has a high pressure ammonia pipeline that passes through it. We have the responsibility to let the owner of this pipeline do all it needs to do keep this monitored and maintained well, to keep citizens of the county safe.
    NuStar is the owner of the local pipeline. They monitor this biweekly by airplane to ensure nothing is interfering or potentially causing problems with the pipeline. 
    The seismic noise, ground vibration, of a 12 MW wind farm can be detected 6.2 miles according the Canadian Hazards Information Service, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada study. The proposed wind farm for Madison and Sugar Creek Townships (there is also an additional wind farm in the works) is 200MW with an additional 200MW to be added. If a little 12MW wind farm can be detected 6.2 miles away, how far can the impact of a 200-400MW wind farm reach? I would like to know if this ground vibration or seismic noise could possibly affect the high pressure ammonia pipeline that cuts through the middle of the proposed wind farm. Can constant vibration damage the high pressure pipeline in anyway that could cause a leak or explosion?
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  • Friday, September 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I would like to thank Mayor Todd Barton for much of the infrastructure improvements going on all over the city. While it is an acute hassle to navigate around orange cones, the long term benefits are many. Adding additional storm water management capabilities and responsible city planning will prevent Crawfordsville from experiencing anything like the flooding now going on in Houston.
    Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and has prided itself on having no zoning and a poor planning process. Houston has, as libertarians may predict, experienced a fast rate of growth and short term prosperity. They have also paved over flood plains and neglected to install drainage systems that would come close to accommodating such unrestricted growth. Texas government denies the existence of man-made global warming and is basically an oil dependent state much like Venezuela, deriving significant revenue from fossil fuel extraction and refining. The results of such unregulated growth and increased storm intensity can be seen on the news. I am thankful that we have citywide planning and zoning and continue to advocate for the same countywide.
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We are members of No Wind Farm Montgomery County IN. We write this letter to you as just a few people out of our group of close to 250 members. Most of the 250 are people who will be personally affected if wind farms come into our county. We thought it necessary to clarify a few points for your readers.
    First of all, the power generated by wind farms will not stay local. Wind farms will not drive down our electric bills. There are even questions whether they will be higher due to the wind farms.
    There has also been talk about wind farms in relation to zoning. Wind farms cannot be considered within the realm of the zoning argument because they are a public health issue, not merely a trespass issue.
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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The wind turbine farms are affecting everyone. No. 1, landowners – wanting the wind turbines. No. 2, Opposition – Those who will live close to coming wind turbines. No. 3, “No Zoners” – Zoning being used as an excuse to stop wind turbine farms. No. 4, Citizens – Must depend on officials for good judgment and integrity. 
    Explanation for items 1 through 4. 
    No. 1, Land owners – probably enticed by the money. No. 2, Opposition – those who have many concerns and reasons against the wind turbines. No. 3, “No Zoners” – against county-wide zoning and feel that with county-wide there would be no certainty that the wind farms could be stopped. 
    No. 4, Montgomery County Commissioners phoning persons of the wind turbine opposition, not kosher
    The thoughts of county-wide zoning and the wind turbine farms is disrupting our community. As far as the wind turbine farms, in comparison, I saw the disruption in a Kansas community years ago when some found oil on their property. A little different, used ground pumpers, not derricks. 
    Nevertheless, the integrity of many was lost and the finding of oil turned friend against friend. 
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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Thank you so much for visiting our library to pick up the Solar Eclipse Glasses! We received the grant from the Science Space Institute and were listed on the NASA map as receiving the 1,000 pair of glasses. The staff and I had so much fun meeting new people and finding out where they traveled from and where they are watching the eclipse! Some people who received the glasses were headed to Kentucky to participate in the festivities! We had a Solar Eclipse Party on Thursday at the library serving moon pies, sun pies, Cosmic Brownies, Star Crunch Cookies, Starburst and Sunkist drinks! We learned about how the eclipse travels from Jolinda Brunton and we sang songs and made crafts. We had people from Frankfort, Rockville, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Colfax, Veedersburg and Crawfordsville - just to name a few stop by to pick up the glasses. The library had a scout troop from Lafayette contact us and they were going to do activities with the boys with the glasses they received. If you received glasses from us and would like to send a picture to the Linden Carnegie Public Library Facebook page we would love it! Part of my grant is that we will send pictures of people viewing the eclipse with glasses they received from our library!! You may also email pictures to lindenlibrary@yahoo.com. 
    Kathie Watkins, Director
    Linden Public Library
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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor, 
    I want to thank the families and friends who came to help celebrate my 100th birthday for the flowers, cards and other things I received.
    A special thanks to Carol and Rodney Coffman and John and Lana Presslor in hosting the party.
    I feel so fortunate in having great families and good friends in my life.
    Lillian Presslor
    Waveland
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  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect? We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.
    Who needs the mail, some people ask? We have the Internet now. But a lot happens in the mail, and a lot goes wrong when it is late. To begin with, mail is the backbone for about $1.3 trillion in jobs, products and services. And then there is the personal impact. 
    People send in their credit card payments at the last minute when cash is tight. The payment reaches the credit card company late, and credit scores take a beating. That causes loans for cars and houses to get more expensive. 
    Many people count on the mail for medicines. A missed dosage can mean a trip to the hospital.
    Small businesses count on the day’s mail to bring in cash from customers. A few days’ delay can mean a trip to the bank for a loan. Loans cost money, and put pressure on the business to raise prices. 
    Some things just can’t be emailed. It is hard to send your grandkid’s birthday cake overnight by the Internet. Some farm supply houses use the mail to deliver small animals quickly. They certainly can’t zap them across broadband, or allow them to die in a post office waiting for a mail truck. And then there are legal documents that have to arrive by certified mail. Also, I have to mention late newspapers, where sales coupons are missed and public event announcements arrive after the event. Newspapers like this one that rely on the mail for delivery to readers took it on the chin the past few years, with disappointed readers canceling their subscriptions.
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    As the debate continues on wind farms, county commissioners have stated they are reviewing the existing ordinance for possible revisions. Based on my read, the commissioners may want to consider the following.
    Currently, noise level shall not exceed 60 decibels at the nearest primary structure of business or personal use. By comparison, EU standards require a noise limit of 40 decibels to nearest primary structure and 35 for schools. Also, the World Health Organization states that any noise above a 55 decibel level is detrimental to sleep and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. 
    Current setback requirements are 1.1 times the height of the tower or about 176 feet for a tower with a height of 160 feet. As another point of reference, EU requirements are between 1,640 and 1,840 feet. 
    The required decommissioning financial surety is based upon an estimate that is net of salvage and scrap value, both of which can fluctuate wildly. The county will incur substantial legal and management fees which may not be recoverable through the surety. Perhaps the surety should be based on gross cost plus the recovery of county costs for default. And if I understand correctly, the participating landowner has no risk as the county will take over decommissioning in the event of default. Why?
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Camp MoCoRobo, a project of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy, wants to thank its many supporters for another successful year. Thirty-five middle schoolers used LEGO Robotics to design, build, and activate their robots at Ivy Tech Community College this summer. Thanks goes to WalMart Optical and CSI Closures for the very interesting field trips, presentations, and lunches. Thanks, too, to Nick Frye who demonstrated the drone he uses for agriculture, and Dave Campbell showed the drone from Emergency Medical Agency that is used for locating missing people and other emergencies. 
    Thanks also to: 
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I would like to propose the 1st Annual Donald J Trump Dumpster Fire. The event will be used to sacrifice by fire those malicious and hateful symbols of racism and bigotry found in such tangible items as Confederate flags, KKK robes and paraphernalia, and any Nazi souvenirs or memorabilia. A dumpster can be set up in a local park and all of the civic minded residents of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County can bring their hateful trash to a central location for appropriate disposal of this otherwise toxic waste.
    Those inclined to prayer or chanting can ring the Trump Dumpster and aid in the overt destruction of symbols of our hateful past and try to envision a kinder future, where individuals are judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
    I am sure president Trump will waive any environmental regulations concerning this burning of toxic waste and will deny that it contributes to global warming and climate change which he claims doesn’t exist anyway. So let’s go. Begin collecting all of your old Klan robes, Stars and Bars flags and your swastikas and keep reading the local newspaper to see when the 1st Annual Trump Dumpster Fire will stop smoldering and really ignite.
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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:21 PM
    Dear Sen. Boots:
    For the third time, HSPA worked with Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, to pass language that would guarantee the public’s ability to obtain public records via email with no copying fee, although the bill also created a search fee for voluminous records requests (those that took more than two hours to find the records).
    Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed H.B. 1523 due to the search fee, which should put the search fee to bed for the rest of his term – following a similar veto by then Gov. Mike Pence after the 2016 session.
    HSPA had worked with Rep. Bosma on multiple ways to limit the impact of a search fee - $20 cap on hourly rate, first two hours of search would be free, computer run time not included, review and redaction time not included. 
    As government records move inexorably towards digitization, HSPA believes free emailed copies of electronic public records would benefit Hoosiers more than a search fee would have hindered public access.
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