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Residents of 3 towns lost their right to be heard  

Credit:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 24 November 2011 ~~

I was one of the residents from Lexington who made the trip to the State House the other day to present petitions to Gov. Paul LePage to make him aware of what will happen soon to the residents of Lexington, Highland and Concord if Iberdrola and First Wind LLC have their way.

Because of LD 2283, which was approved quickly and with no scrutiny in 2008, our communities have no representation when it comes to wind projects. LD 2283 took away the ability of the Land Use Regulation Commission to allow our voices of objection to be heard when deciding whether to approve wind projects.

I do not believe that it is right to disenfranchise any group of people because of where they live. We all deserve representation, regardless of the issues. That should not have changed just to satisfy the whims of a few “green energy” fanatics.

Certainly, when the majority has spoken out against these projects in these unincorporated areas, their voices deserve to be heard just as they would be in any other place in Maine.

It is my sincere hope that Gov. LePage will hear our voices out here “blowing on the wind” and stand with us to restore our representation. No matter where anyone stands on the issues they should have a right to be heard. We here in Lexington, Highland and Concord have lost that right.

Linda Miller

Lexington Township

Source:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 24 November 2011

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