There have been countless pleas for our so-called leaders to spare us the pain and suffering that comes when wind turbines are placed near our homes.
I’ve finally gotten to hear firsthand what these things do when they are 1,900 feet from a home (let alone 1,400 feet). They have noise in the house that “sounds like jets.” They have more than 41/2 months of shadow flicker lasting anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes – in their home. That’s not counting the time they put up with it in their yard.
Sounds minor, huh? You try to concentrate on something when someone is flicking a light switch on and off in your house.
How is it that all these foreign countries (Ireland, Spain, and others) can come in and promise anything and everything, and our boards, which are supposed to protect us, just smile and feel righteous because they know best?
They turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to all the evidence that these monstrosities are ruining innocent, helpless people’s lives. Those families are not just “not in my backyards” – they are suffering.
I believe that every board member should be required to spend a few nights and days in a home surrounded by those things during the months they are most destructive before they would be allowed to vote for them.
The children are being well educated. We have no shortage of electricity. Our roads could be better, but I would rather bounce along and be able to see our beautiful countryside as God meant it to be.
So, my plea is to the Whiteside County Board members who are looking only at the monetary gains to help pay for the Sheley trial. Please, start looking at the long-term damage that will be placed upon the countryside and the longtime residents of our county.
Sue McGinn, Tampico
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