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Concerned about the welfare of wildlife, sensitive environments  

Credit:  GateHouse News Service, www.wickedlocal.com 24 February 2011 ~~

Jennifer Francis, in her Feb. 3 Letter to the Editor, stereotypes those of us who are graying Piney Pointers as having “more time to devote to town business” and “more likely to oppose change.” What she neglects to mention is that we also have more time to be concerned about the welfare of wildlife and of sensitive environments. She calls the construction of a huge commercial wind turbine on Great Hill a “teaching moment.” Perhaps it could become a truly teachable moment once she recognizes that a “valuable educational and symbolic message from a wind generator on Great Hill” is not seen as valuable by the wildlife that is inadvertently killed during construction or permanently displaced after construction, nor by the marsh and fragile ecosystems that are permanently stressed. Moreover, the impact on the well-being to humans, graying or otherwise, who do not welcome the noise she believes would be negligible should not be so callously dismissed. Perhaps we simply have the time, inclination and wisdom of years to be more circumspect.

Lois Graboys


Source:  GateHouse News Service, www.wickedlocal.com 24 February 2011

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