Letters focus on wind turbine proposal

Why isn’t wind proposal put to countywide vote?
Dear Editor:
We live in the country but seems the city is coming to us, and for sure we don’t want wind turbines anywhere close to us.
Why isn’t this out on a ballot for people in Hamilton County to vote on? It is ridiculous this was done, approved and land acquired without much community involvement. One or two decide this is great for us and go right ahead with this. Then people find out and try and fight it and, oh no, this is a done deal. Again ridiculous!!!
 Against this for Hamilton County is my vote.
Becky Rathman,
Aurora

Wind objections should not be ignored
Dear Editor:
I would like to expound upon a topic that has largely been ignored in a lot of the discussions concerning wind turbines.
We are fighting against the philosophical idea that wind turbine economic development is of more importance than the individuals that are burdened with their presence. Therefore, these turbine projects exists because of this philosophy held by those who produce them and the leaders responsible for local oversight.
As I discussed in my editorial article a couple weeks ago, there are those “NOT-good neighbors” that would desire to make a buck without considering the ones that are affected by their actions. And, at the same time, justify it by claiming it’s “within their rights,” or more subtly, “it meets enough of the current zoning codes.”  In the same way, when local leaders pursue an action at the expense of the individuals they are supposed to be serving, it is a betrayal that breaks the trust of all those they claim to serve and protect.  
At the last public meeting, approximately 60-plus residence of Hamilton County showed up to participate. Not a single resident spoke in favor of the wind turbines.  
Because of this, every Hamilton County resident should question the care they will receive if these objections are ignored, for when an issue like this happens, the disturbing question that rises to the subconscious forefront will be, “What will happen to me when I am in a similar spot?”
This problem really boils down to leadership understanding the importance of principle and possessing the character to make right judgements regardless of personal connections. In the education of our society there has been a strong push to adopt the philosophy of “all is good, if it’s for the benefit of the whole.”  Sounds really “progressive” in most of the situational examples in which it is applied. However, when applied to real life, it is not so good to the ones who end up being a forced sacrifice so that others can benefit.  Those that would ignore the harm done to others “for the benefit of our community economic prosperity” cannot advertise themselves as a “Good Neighbor.” To the reader I would ask, “What kind of neighbor do you really want to watch over you?”
Pat Harvey,
Aurora

Those supporting windmills need to do some research
Dear Editor:
I read Norm Krueger’s response to my letter about wind farms coming to Hamilton County and realized that there are two kinds of people who like windmills: 1. People who profit from them; 2. People who believe they are good for the environment.
Is wind power generation clean? To believe it is, you must disregard the light pollution, sound pollution, bird strikes and the fact that every 20 years or so those huge unrecyclable fiberglass blades get buried in a landfill.
Secondly, you must also disregard the mining and processing it takes to get the materials to make a wind-powered generator. According to physicist and environmental advocate John Droz Jr., “a typical 100MW wind project would generate approximately: a) 20,000 square meters of destroyed vegetation; b) 1.2 million pounds of CO2; c) 6 million cubic meters of toxic air pollution; d) 29 million gallons of poisoned water; e) 600 million pounds of highly contaminated tailing sands, and;
f) 280,000 pounds of radioactive waste.”
This is not “scare propaganda” but rather recognition that the materials to build the windmill come at an environmental cost, which is why an environmental advocate like Droz is so adamantly opposed to wind energy.
Those of you willing to put up with windmills in order to reap an environmental benefit need to do some research. The payoff doesn’t exist. If there is a payoff, it is in political power to our “betters” in Washington DC who love nothing more than the ability to move money from one pocket to the next.
That said, I don’t have any objection to Norm putting up a windmill in Pensacola Beach, Fl., provided he doesn’t do it with my tax dollars.
Please call me at 402-604-0398 if you would like to sign a petition to help make putting up a commercial windmill in Hamilton County much more difficult.
Dwayne Juzyk,
Aurora

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