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Wind farm misplaced in Mackinaw valley  

We strongly agree that we need to find alternative energy sources that are ecologically compatible with nature and the world in which we live.

Solar, bio-fuels and wind energy should be aggressively researched for the benefit of all of us.

Our family has been blessed with living and raising a family by the Mackinaw River Valley north of Carlock. With all the timber and rolling hills, it’s breathtaking beauty.

We find out from a neighbor that all this is in jeopardy. A proposed wind farm in our area is picking up steam by a Chicago-based company and the map of this project is devastating.

As much as we applaud the technology, the placement of these monsters stinks.

With all the open areas around, why stick these 400-plus-foot eyesores in our area. How about Chicago? Last we heard, it’s still the Windy City.

It saddens me to see area landowners selling out for $5,000 a year per tower while the county board does nothing.

They say it won’t affect land value, but what they really mean is they won’t be around to see it. They’ll be laughing all the way to the – Chicago – bank.

So we plead with anyone who cares more about our quality of life than the thickness of their wallet to contact your county board members and voice your opposition. Don’t let them open Pandora’s box.

In closing, we’d like to respond to Mr. Ropp’s letter where he reflects on a teacher telling him “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

We’d like to share with him what another teacher said, “They got the elevator; we got the shaft.”

This county needed two things from landowners to accomplish that agenda – ignorance and greed. You’re just the suckers they were looking for.

Dan & Sally Flynn

Rural Carlock


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