I attended the Grant County Council meeting Jan. 15. E.ON, the company behind the Wildcat Wind Farm project, was on the agenda and a large group of concerned citizens attended. At the last minute E.ON withdrew its agenda item, but its representatives will be back.
To me, there is one key element in this wind farm debate.
In his epic speech in Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln summed up his address with his desire “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
That last phrase, “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” was ringing in my ears that evening. I sat there with a significant number of people, representing thousands of people in Grant and eastern counties who stand in opposition to turning our beautiful, rural county landscape into an ugly industrial site.
The key element here is that we the people don’t want this project. This government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. The voice of the people should be heard and heeded here.
Thousands in both Howard and Grant counties have taken action by signing petitions opposing this. That is what our elected county officials have the honor and responsibility to consider and act on. I trust they will represent us and hear the voice of the people.
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