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Remove from office those who have harmed the valley  

Credit:  Daily Record, www.dailyrecordnews.com 11 August 2010 ~~

To all the Editors at the Daily Record, to the minority of other KVWPP supporters and to the majority of those like me who were against it, know now our governor’s word is meaningless.

Those who believed her, like me, have all been duped by her meaningless mandate. Our governor led us all to believe that she actually cared about protecting us from foreign companies that would do us harm. I quote below from our deputy prosecutor, Neil Caulkins, who describes the legal reality of the governor’s word, when responding on behalf of our county prosecutor, Greg Zempel, when I asked Mr. Zempel to enforce RCW 80.50.150 on his own motion and bring a criminal and / or civil suit against Horizon Wind Energy for violating the Governors Council Order 831 wherein the intent of the order was to protect residents of Kittitas County.

“All the clause says is that the developer is to ‘give highest priority to increase the distance.’ So long as the developer says ‘well, we tried, but this is the best we can do’ there is no way to move forward on an enforcement action because the developer has satisfied all that the clause requires. Simply speaking, the clause the governor added sounds good, but means virtually nothing.”

There you have the reality of what our governor, EFSEC and our elected officials knew as they did nothing over the last few months as I asked for help to enforce the governor’s mandate to keep Horizon Wind Energy from constructing two turbines within 2,500 feet from my from door, on a daily basis. All said there was nothing they could do and pointed fingers at others, claiming it wasn’t their responsibility for what our deputy prosecutor has coined an “unfortunate circumstance.”

Our only hope is to remove from public service all of those that have allowed us to be harmed and will allow others yet to be harmed. This is not about wind farms. It is about government accountability and about public trust. Our quality of life and property values hang in the balance.

I urge you to stand against the governor and EFSEC. Send a message to our elected officials at the ballot box; they have made themselves irrelevant as they have allowed bureaucratically appointed agencies to run unchecked that care little about us and have allowed the scarring of our valley forever.

Wayne Bell

Cle Elum

Source:  Daily Record, www.dailyrecordnews.com 11 August 2010

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