— I wrote a letter to the editor on Aug. 27 commending the county commissioners for considering an ordinance change that any new incinerator be just as clean as a natural gas plant. I thought this reasonable and conservative approach was to the benefit of the people of Logansport and surrounding areas. I also thought that kind of levelheaded decision from the county commission could help balance the shortage of common sense of some of the recent decisions that have been made about the Pyrolyzer proposal.
I was disappointed to read that the county commissioners tabled ordinances that would have limited just four of the pollutants coming from any new, large incinerator in the county. It was reported that the commissioners contend that the clean air ordinances might affect expansions of existing businesses. I cannot seriously think that is even a question that is on the table for discussion. One unspoken rule of any public agency or person representing a portion of the public agency – do no harm.
Just recently, Dr. Norma Kreilein spoke to many of us in the community about the poor health effects from incineration. An Italian study showed that exposure to incinerator emissions increased the incidence of premature births. Add to this, the Pharos-Tribune editorial on Nov. 5 which noted that Cass County ranks the fourth highest in the state of Indiana for infant mortality, plus our state is the sixth highest in the nation. Part of this study was based on maternal smoking, but we all understand that pollution and emissions in the air is a large factor in infant mortality.
Our world is a different place today, and we need leaders for this new world, for the 21st century. Transformational leaders can have an emotional impact on their support system. These leaders stand for something, have a vision for the future, and are able to communicate that vision to all of us. These leaders will make a difference, and create a condition of confidence in the integrity and ability of their decisions – decisions that are made for us, the people of the community.
My request to the county commissioners – be the heroes we need, be the transformational leaders of today that will make a difference in our lives now, and in the lives of our children in the future.