Letters raise questions about wind turbines, scare propoganda, Tooley Park

Time to speak out on wind turbines
Dear Editor:
In Kurt Johnson’s editorial comments of 10-2-2019 published in the News Register he stated in his closing comments that in the case of budgetary public comments that “Silence, in this case, was not golden” as the comments received were not publicly talked about so it appeared that citizens did not engage, although it would have been far more valuable to be heard.  
Well after countless nights of lack of sleep and mental anguish/stress in regards to the proposed wind turbines, it is time to speak out. Those of us that built/purchased our homes in rural Hamilton County as our “dream” homesteads are now being faced with a “nightmare in our neighborhood” south of Aurora with this proposed project.   Although this may not seem like a big issue to others in the county, those of us that live in this area will be faced with looking at something that in our wildest dreams never thought possible.
I sincerely hope that all residents of Hamilton County realize that this same dilemma could happen to them as the approved zoning regulations have opened the door for turbines in all of Hamilton County, not just our neighborhood, so never think that will never happen in “your neighborhood.” If these towers are erected the “quality of life” that we once enjoyed will be gone forever. We will be faced with looking at an obtrusive structure every day, listening to the noise at night, seeing flashing beacons whether outside or inside daily and those who have been able to watch a beautiful sunset, will not have the same pleasure as we once did. Instead of the same beautiful Nebraska sunset we all are accustomed to, folks will be forced to look at structures that will not benefit them in any way but only some as it not a concern for others whom will benefit financially from this “nightmare.”  
All of this happening despite the fact that there is growing evidence of harm to human health, whether due to infrasound or effects of sleep deprivation and for what, profit?
During my entire professional career it was always paramount that any project undertaken and the way we ran the business would always be for the betterment of the locations within which we operated the business and not at the expense of others and their families. I am proud of what we accomplished and will take to my grave the fact that “we cared” about others and how they felt and would never do anything that would impact their “quality of life.”  I have and always will be an advocate for the economic advancement of Hamilton County and our agricultural economy so that all citizens can realize a positive impact that enhances their lives for years to come and not simply to work for some whom will profit.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that my wife and I would be faced with such a dilemma after working hard to lead in such a way.  
In closing, I have had the honor to work with some very successful business leaders in the US and they instilled in me the mindset of always doing what is right no matter what and listening to others. I will never forget the culture they taught us and the inherent belief that, “the wisdom of the decision has nothing to do with the power of the position.”  I sincerely hope that those in our county with leadership roles can relate to this and think about exactly what impacts are being imposed on others through the decision-making process currently going on in our county.
Douglas M. Anderson

Wind information
versus using scare propoganda
Dear Editor:
While there appear to be questions/concerns that need to be addressed by the county regarding the installation of wind generators, I do have to take objection to Dwayne Juzyk’s letter regarding this subject. Yes, John Droz Jr. does have a masters degree in solid state physics, the study of rigid matter, or solids, through methods such as quantum mechanics, crystallography, electromagnetism, and metallurgy. In a report published by the Institute of Physics in 2005 titled The Role of Physics in Renewable Energy RD&D, “Areas where physicists could make valuable contributions (in wind energy) include aerodynamics and aeroelastics, meteorological modelling/forecasting, and materials development,” no mention of solid state physics. He also mentions that he is an environmental advocate, yet appears to detest wind generation based on his questionable results, ie; * “20,000 sq. meters of destroyed vegetation.” -- Wind-energy advocates contend that less than 1 percent of the land is used for foundations and access roads, the other 99 percent can still be used for farming. A wind turbine needs about 200–400 m² for the foundation. “1.2 million pounds of CO2” A wind turbine emits seven grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour (g/kWh).
In comparison, energy from fossil sources burdens the climate with an average of 865 g/kWh.
* “6 million cubic meters of toxic air pollution.” -- There is no toxic air pollution generated from wind turbines. Their very benefit is that there are no carbon-based fuels used to generate electricity.
* “29 million gallons of poisoned water” -- Unlike thermal power plants, wind turbines require no water to produce electricity or cool power generating equipment. Older, conventional power plants (coal, natural gas, nuclear), use substantial amounts of water for cooling the plant. In fact, the power sector withdraws more water than any other sector in the U.S., including agriculture. That means the more wind power the country uses, the more water that can be conserved.
* “600 million pounds of highly contaminated tailing sands” -- Tailings are the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction (gangue) of an ore. It has no relationship to wind power.
* “280,000 pounds radioactive waste” -- Again, no relationship to wind power, but rather to nuclear power plants.
I agree that the county needs to educate itself on this subject before moving forward, and not just with respect to setback (two miles may be excessive as studies have shown no perceivable noise at one mile), but also land use considerations (farming versus ranching) light pollution and shadow flicker being a few. Just lean forward into the future making educated and informed decisions versus erroneous scare propaganda as noted above.
Norm Krueger,
Pensacola Beach, Fl.

Closing Tooley Park isn’t answer
Dear Editor:
While there appear to be questions/concerns that need to be addressed by the county regarding the installation of wind generat
I love Tooley Park. Moving here a few years ago I take my family there a lot. I admit sometimes late at night there appears to be some underage drinking there, but I think if the police would patrol there a few times a day or at least once or twice on the weekends it would deter that activity. This is used a lot in the summer. I see several young families there camping, canoeing, tubing having great family time.
The answer isn’t to close it. The answer, in my opinion, would be ways to make it safe and family friendly. I hope you take a drive to see it. It’s a hidden treasure and a great place to spend a nice summer day.
Tina Patrick,

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