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The process is under the control of the developers and, to a lesser extent, state bureaucrats. Developers, with big bucks, pull no stops to get what they want. Some state bureaucrats see only "more taxes," while others want to feed the unsatiable power desires of growing population bases, such as in Chittenden County. And few state officials care at all about "us poor, ignorant folks" in rural areas of Vermont.

The recent "battle" over wind turbines in Sheffield and Sutton is unsettling. It has also made me understand what has been so increasingly disturbing about the process over the past couple of years.

The process is under the control of the developers and, to a lesser extent, state bureaucrats. Developers, with big bucks, pull no stops to get what they want. Some state bureaucrats see only "more taxes," while others want to feed the unsatiable power desires of growing population bases, such as in Chittenden County. And few state officials care at all about "us poor, ignorant folks" in rural areas of Vermont.

In other words, money drives this engine. Money and power. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But what came to a head the other night (Nov. 22 in Sutton) was that the numerous "public information" meetings that have been held and will continue to be held around the state are not for public information after all. They are for public disinformation and public distortions. These meetings are run by developers or bureaucrats, who set the agendas and control the Q-and-A portions.

The "Power Point Presentations" are a sham. They are prepared and read by developers (anyone can read). Citizens, held captive in this forum, politely sit there while the big guns make their plea. Then, when John Q. Citizen asks a thoughtful question, the answer is glossed over, the concern is dismissed, or the actual facts are ignored. Citizens are not allowed equal time on the floor. Instead, they are being manipulated for someone else’s financial gain.

Yes, many of us John Qs have been to a number of meetings and what the developers’ game is. We have seen them polish their lines immediately following events wherein we have made good points or raised valid (unanswered) questions.

However, at public "(dis)informational" meetings, such as last Tuesday, other John Qs are looking for real information and are not receiving it.

Cynthia Barber, Newark

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