In a letter to the editor in the Aug. 24 issue, “Hypocritical Views In OC,” “progressive” Jared Schablein goes way out on a limb in his attempt to defend wind farms.
He does so by comparing them to banner airplanes and boat advertising. I’m wondering if he knows the meanings of the following two words:
Fleeting: Passing or fading quickly, lasting for a very short time, brief and short-lived.
Permanent: Lasting or intended to last indefinitely, irreversible.
Aerial advertising has been around for nearly 80 years. It has become part of the charm of seaside towns everywhere (see the cover of The Beach Boys “Endless Summer” album). I’ve never heard any complaints about the banners and if there were, there would be debate and subsequent discussion to prohibit them.
I’m a local, and actually enjoy the banners and knowing what’s going in OC, Happy Hour, early bird specials, etc. I hired a banner plane to propose to my wife.
Also, these advertising “eye sores” are visible only for a few hours daily and roughly one fourth of the year. Wind farms would be noticeable 24/7/365 (revisit definitions of fleeting and permanent).
Also, don’t forget that wind farms really are not economically viable, require the use of fossil-fueled vehicles for repair and maintenance, and are notorious for explosions and other accidents.
They have proven dangerous for wild birds and also major implications for the fishing industry. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Coast Guard have also voiced concerns.
Schablein accuses Mayor Meehan and OC Town Council of “having hypocritical and weak arguments coming from officials fighting against the best interests of the region.” His frantic efforts to defend wind farms are beyond weak and hypocritical.
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