I was pleased to see your admiring editorial holding the recent elections up as a model of open government and “democracy in action,” so I’m a bit reluctant to complain about your characterization of the vote totals. You write, “the anti-industrial turbine candidates were elected in fairly close votes.”
Town Supervisor Keitha Capouya won by an almost 2-to-1 majority _ what most would consider a landslide.
Ms. Capouya’s win was in NO sense “fairly close,” but an overwhelming demonstration of support for her main campaign promise _ to rescind Meredith’s industry-friendly wind law and to enact an outright ban on all industrial wind development in our town.
It’s great that The Daily Star has come out in support of what happened at the polls in Meredith last November, but it’s important to understand the real magnitude of the victory. The election was a referendum on large-scale industrial turbines and the result was a decisive and unambiguous defeat for outside wind developers and investment bankers.
The current town government is merely acting on behalf of the will of the people, as any truly representative government should.
15 March 2008
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