The Journal Gazette
Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:00 am


Punishment stance reveals Indiana as backward

With reference to Rep. Ben Smaltz's student mailer, I hope he can answer a few questions my young daughter posed:

“Dad, why does the State of Indiana allow its public school employees to paddle or whip their students? How is Indiana any better than the backward states down south that allow this barbaric behavior? Do you think this is why Indiana is laughed at by people in other states?”

Will Smaltz answer her question? Or is he part of the problem?

Larry Wheeler


Control of wind projects differs across states

Starwood Energy Group is trying to construct a wind turbine project (Grover Hill Wind) of about 37 turbines in two townships in and around the community.

The project is in the “pre-application” phase, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board. This company has actually started constructing access roads and installing turbine bases. How can construction begin on a project that has not been issued the proper certificate?

The siting board has been notified and will be scheduling a visit. 

Ironically, a bill is being introduced in the Ohio Senate to give township residents the right to vote on wind projects. Wind companies have repeatedly trampled the rights and the will of the people in developing these projects. It is their claim that the siting board has an extensive process to allow citizen input. Clearly that process is not remotely sufficient in our community's case.

It's time for Ohio residents who will be affected by these types of community-altering projects to have a direct say on whether they are wanted or not.

House Bill 1381, being considered by the Indiana General Assembly, strips communities of the very thing we are trying to get back in Ohio. Ohio projects are sited under state law and zoning. We have little to no local authority on the matter. Indiana communities have much more power than Ohio communities. It's in your best interest to keep that power local.

Jeremy Kitson

Citizens for Clear Skies (Van Wert County, Ohio)

Citizens Against the Grover Hill Wind Project (Paulding County, Ohio)

Executive orders long-standing tradition

In response to the inquiry regarding the origination of presidential executive orders (Letters, Feb. 2), the first president on record to issue executive orders was a gentleman named George Washington.

In fact, the only president who did not issue any executive orders was William Henry Harrison; however, Harrison earned the title of the shortest-serving president in U.S. history when he died only 31 days into his first term.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, issued the most executive orders during his 12 years and one month as president, covering a period that began partway through the Great Depression and that ended with his death, barely one month before the Nazis' final surrender.

Dolly Rose Coop

Fort Wayne

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