Re: The continuing debate about Mr. Bachler and the letter from Arnold Weiss in which he advocated “dialogue, listening and interest in understanding the other side” _ that is exactly the point. There has been no dialogue, and the town board has steadfastly refused to listen to, let alone understand, the other side.
The whole reason tempers are rising is because we have been shut out of the debate. The decision to accept industrial wind is of enormous importance to anyone who is likely to be affected (which is all of us).
Even the most basic research will reveal the life-changing impact of the turbines on nearby communities. Of course, you will find some who speak well of them, but they are very much in the minority. Most people who live close (and, according to the feeble 1,000-foot setbacks, some people will be very close) speak of lives ruined by vibration, flicker and so on. Let there be no misunderstanding, those who sign up to take these turbines will inflict misery on anyone else close by.
My wife and I moved our three children here from Scotland nearly two years ago, seduced by the beauty and tranquillity of the area. This is no second home for us _ we have invested everything we have in this move.
Would we have moved here if we had known about the turbines? No. We lived two miles from a wind farm in Scotland, and that was plenty close enough.
Would we sell and leave if they build near us? Yes, if we can, but we can’t afford to lose money so we don’t expect to be able to. (Who would buy?)
Do we expect them to adversely affect our lives? We know they will. Think again, Frank, and listen to the people.
14 June 2007
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