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‘Just a plain bad idea and bad fit’

“Windfarm.” I am starting to hate the word! Why? Because the very mention of the word today starts people siding up for the debate.

But I must say the residents of Tipton County have always had the farmers’ backs; this is a rural community. But I am very disappointed in some of the farmers today.

We have always been understanding of the tractors taking up the road, going to their next field; that’s country. We have been understanding when their feed lots got on the wind, and the smell of manure took our breath away a couple of times a month; that’s country. We didn’t complain when they sprayed their fields and it killed parts of our gardens, trees, flowers, grape arbors, yards; that’s country.

We would even refrain from growing sweetcorn in our garden because of seed corn pollination; that’s country, trying to understand our neighbors and the issues they face.

We have all admired the hard work and dedication of the farmer to bring us the best food at a reasonable cost.

Most of us raised in this county have worked long, hard hours in your fields, in the sun, in the rain, so yes, we do understand!

But today the neighbor whom I thought would have my back when I needed it I found turned his head for the almighty buck! This is dividing the community.

This company doesn’t care who gets along here, as long as they get theirs.

I was raised to a saying, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.” This is not worth the division it is causing in the county. Anyone who will research these wind farms will find all kinds of information telling us of bad things from health, to property monetary loss, to safety concerns.

This is just a plain bad idea and bad fit! I hope the promises of money at your neighbor’s expense is not strong enough to end the way of life we have been able to enjoy here in Tipton County.

Mike Baden, Tipton