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Letters

Canned hunting a varied threat

I would like to address the measure that would legalize canned hunting at five facilities throughout Indiana.

First, I would like to thank Senate President Pro Tem David Long for standing behind the sporting men and women of Indiana by opposing such legislation.

There are multiple reasons Indiana’s sporting public opposes these facilities, the main reason being that shooting an animal inside a pen eliminates fair chase.

Besides this, the spread of chronic wasting disease is directly linked to the transportation of deer between deer farms and shooting facilities. Every year, states not previously affected by this disease are ending up with positive CWD results.

The only way a deer can be tested for CWD is if it is dead. A facility that unknowingly transports an affected animal into its herd will not know until that deer dies. By this time, other deer could already be affected.

States that have CWD present are now spending millions of dollars a year to try to control the spread. These states are seeing drastic drops in their ability to purchase new public lands and fund other programs for the sporting public.

By commercializing and turning our wildlife resources into livestock, we are endangering our wild animal populations and our hunting heritage at the same time.

DARREN REED treasurer, Indiana Conservation Officer Organization Columbia City

Wind farms carry invisible danger

I used to live in the Blue Creek Wind Farm on Elm Sugar Road near Scott, Ohio. In July, the bank sold my home at a considerable loss for $16,500, down from a pre-wind-farm appraised value of $73,000.

This devaluation wasn’t due to any of the obvious aesthetic damage to the property nor the fact that no one looking to move to the country wants to live in an industrial zone. This depreciation was caused by the risk factors associated with living there, primarily infrasound exposure.

Lack of regulation means there are no established standards for safe levels of exposure to infrasound; any exposure must be recognized as dangerous. Lack of regulation also means no laws compel the wind farm companies to tell you their machines produce it.

The wind farms generate an ambient area of infrasound extending well beyond their boundaries. Each pulse passing through your body is like a shockwave acting as a hammer on every cell whenever the turbines are in operation. There are serious health risks even for healthy adults living with frequent exposure to infrasound and especially for children, the elderly and individuals with various health conditions.

To those of you living near the wind turbines or about to be, please note one simple fact: We live in a society that doesn’t change its ways until the body count gets high enough – sometimes not even then.

STEVE RUSK Van Wert, Ohio

Obama wants to see nation down

In my opinion, President Obama wants to keep spending until this country goes bankrupt. He has added more than $1 trillion in debt every year he has been president, and his new budget presented to Congress is the same. By the time Obama leaves office, our national debt will be around $20 trillion to $22 trillion. This number is so large that I believe it will be very difficult to manage and bring down to a level that we can control.

Obama says this money is being invested into future returns for the country, but we are going into our fifth year under Obama and the economy is still very weak, unemployment is still way too high, the number of people on food stamps has increased and the number of people in poverty remains high.

Obama wants the country to be in decline because it makes him more important and provides him more exposure to the public than normal. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, most people were unaware who the president was because the country was prosperous, but in today’s political climate, Obama is able to ride the wave of crisis, which he creates, and then places himself outside the responsibility of that crisis before the American people.

MARK A. FOSTER Fort Wayne

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