Besides the chronic stress and anxieties heaped upon us by the too-close turbines themselves, we continue to be lambasted by a contingent of Falmouth citizens who stubbornly refuse to accept the reality of the wind turbine situation in our town.
Many of us turbine neighbors are bothered and highly annoyed by both the audible noise and inner body disturbances resulting from the inaudible low and infrasonic sound pressure emissions of these mammoth machines. The adverse effects multiply over time with resulting stress becoming chronic. I can truly say that my sensitivity “arrived” in me within a month of the Wind I’s first operation date with traumatic stress reactions following within a couple of months. My wife, on the other hand, went for half a year without realizing the detrimental affects of the turbines but eventually, as she became sensitized, she also fell victim to the distressing emissions.
Firsthand experience of now over five years has taught me that a wind turbine-caused stress disorder leads to all manner of medical maladies. John Carlton-Foss’s dismissal of “many” as being perhaps five to seven households contradicts the 63 people who gave testimony of the adverse conditions to the Falmouth Board of Health.
So why have we aggravated neighbors not bolted from our homes and properties as Mr. Carlton-Foss suggests?
I am certain he has heard of the fight or flight response. Speaking for myself, I spent nearly all the years of my life dreaming of and working toward having a family and having a place that my children could always call home; 27 Ridgeview in Falmouth became that place. It was my garden sanctuary starting in 1978. We self-built our home and when a gas explosion destroyed that first house in 1999 we promptly rebuilt our dream home number two. Now, at 68 years of age, I will fight to the end to regain my rights to live on and enjoy this property without the proven nuisance of the town’s wind turbines.
Too much education has perhaps eroded the emotions of Mr. Carlton-Foss to where he has no appreciation of the importance of human feeling. His equating a couple of friends having new homes intruding on adjacent formerly vacant properties is far off the mark in comparison to having 400-foot-tall, stress-generating wind turbines in one’s back yard. Ours was one of the first homes on Ridgeview Drive and our young children did object when the woods were torn out to build more homes, but homes and neighbors make for a community whereas industrial wind turbines have proven to destroy it.
Taking the time to look up Mr. Carlton-Foss on the Internet yielded the fact that he is the president and chief executive officer of Strategic Energy Systems of Wayland. His background suggests he is a very intelligent person with multiple degrees and with work performed showing the importance of employee productivity, human comfort and productivity, and patterns of cognition in the human mind. For myself, as someone who is very much aware of what and how the Falmouth turbines have affected me, I wonder at his motivation to write we victims off as non-virtuous.
Barry A. Funfar, Ridgeview Drive, Falmouth
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