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Vote took wind-project oversight out of local communities’ hands  

Credit:  Sentinel and Enterprise, www.sentinelandenterprise.com 13 August 2010 ~~

In mid-July, my opponent, incumbent Rep. Harold Naughton Jr., D-Clinton, alone among area state representatives, voted to oppose House Bill 4687, which would have required town-election voter approval of proposed local wind-energy project sites.

Instead, he voted to place wind-energy project siting discretion in local wind-energy permitting boards given only 120 days to review wind-energy project proposals that are often complex and problematic.

We know that such permitting boards will be subject to the usual lobbying and influence peddling.

His vote paves the way for placement of unsightly wind turbines all over the lovely hills of Northboro, Boylston, Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling.

He again has demonstrated his utter contempt for constituents’ wishes and best interests. He should be voted out of office Nov. 2.

JAMES GETTENS Republican candidate for 12th Worcester District state representative

Source:  Sentinel and Enterprise, www.sentinelandenterprise.com 13 August 2010

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