Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs made his mark on Mount Vernon. Many in town made their mark on him, too. Wirfs and his mother, Sarah, took The Gazette on a tour of his hometown, revisiting scenes around what essentially is the one square mile where he grew up. This story is a little about what can hold you back. This is mostly about what moves you forward.

Letters to the Editor

Wind power, jobs and the gullible

We often hear wind power is generating lots of jobs for Iowans. How true is this? Wind power is subsidized by taxpayers, because it cannot support itself or the jobs it claims without subsidies in the form of tax credits. This means we, the taxpayers, are paying for the jobs claimed by wind power. Check out the Production Tax Credit (Iowa Code 476C) if in doubt.

Let’s be honest and call subsidies what they are — a giveaway — paid for by us, the taxpayers. How about a comparison of the different power sources and how many jobs they create versus the level of taxpayer-funded subsidies (giveaways) they receive?

It is also important to note many wind power jobs are in construction and are therefore short term/temporary. The case for wind power is beginning to sound like something out of “The Music Man.” How gullible will we Iowans be?

Chet Sullivan

Marion

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