As a resident and one of the many people who actually took the time and effort to research commercial wind in small communities I couldn’t help but be disappointed with your reporting of the Frankfort town meeting. Your reporter chose to identify only two of the people he actually spoke with.
First was Ruth Allen, one of the non-resident landowners who actually lives in a town with a much more restrictive wind ordinance than what was written in Frankfort.
The second was Shawn Stone, who had been promised that he would profit from the project and has fought against the ordinance from the start. His assumption that the ordinance should not have been done the way it was is absurd and should have been challenged. The six-person committee was actually approved at a town meeting and spent months of their time researching and writing the ordinance. All the meetings and discussions were held in public and the minutes from every meeting were posted, both in print form and online. There are also audio/video recordings of all the meetings.
The most objectionable was [your reporter’s] misrepresentation of Ken Lindell’s statement. Ken actually explained clearly what the consent decree would and wouldn’t do. It was much more than “let them spend more money on lawyers.”
In the past the Journal has been fair in its reporting of this contentious situation in Frankfort. For over two years we have been a town in turmoil and all of us would like to see that come to an end. Like many small Maine towns, we have been invaded by these developers looking to make a quick fortune at taxpayer expense.
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