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Wind power alternative could seriously deteriorate rural landscape  

This is in response to letter to the editor, “Instead of nuclear energy, Ohio would do well to harness wind power” published last Thursday. I’m submitting this letter to inform all interested in wind-generated energy that there is another side to this coin.

These wind-turbines as they are called are being seriously considered for placement in my childhood home of Logan County, Ohio. For those not familiar with Logan County, it has some of the most beautiful rural landscape that you could hope for, the kind of countryside quickly disappearing in Ohio.

Now, I am not sure what one pictures when they hear of windmills that generate electricity. I suspect it’s quaint little windmills something like those found in Holland. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They are up to 550 foot-tall monstrosities that would litter rural landscapes, diminishing scenic views and property values for miles around. Check out the scale picture in the Web site given below. Imagine you build the country home of your dreams and a field of these things is built next to you. The sound of “whoosh-whoosh” would be heard 24 hours a day and the “flicker-effect,” as it is called when the turbine blades flick the sun’s light in and out would make enjoying a warm summer day distracting to say the least.

Granted, some would dismiss this as a “not in my back yard” argument. I only want people to think about the potential downside to allowing “Big-Wind” into our rural heritage. For more information, please check out www.savewesternoh.org.

By Jon C. Foster

The Post Online

29 May 2007

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