Letter to the editor: Thank you, Swanton

Thank you, Swanton

You voted with your hearts and your heads a few weeks ago with the vote to Oppose the Industrial Wind Turbines. Too bad the vote has no actual teeth with the state, and the developer, Travis Belisle, has said he is going forward with the project anyways. Talk about being a good neighbor....Maybe he missed Mr. Rogers's show growing up?

Vermonters pride themselves on being there to help a neighbor out in need. And you rose to the occasion by coming out to vote (even though it was deer season!). Clearly, all across the state from Swanton to Irasberg to Windham and beyond, Vermonters are finally getting the message and speaking up...but is anyone listening?

We don't want industrial wind in our state. Period.

In my short time in becoming educated about all-things-wind-turbines, the message is clear: all across the planet, these things are going up in our name. To save us. Like tobacco is supposed to, according to Scientist David O'Reilly, who works for the tobacco industry, who came out with the statement that nicotine makes your brain work better. Uh Huh. Or the latest elixir of snake oil from the quack doctor out of the back of a wagon. And now it's wind turbines. As Upton Sinclair suggested:"It's difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

The wind developers tell us how much we need these steel monstrosities to save the world, and it's for our children's future, I've got to wonder about a culture that starts to make rash, unthinking decisions based upon a deadline that'd do more damage overall than what we started to begin with. In almost all circumstances, serious reflection is needed before we do things that are irreversible...like blowing up mountain tops.

Our best interests are served by being good stewards to the planet and good neighbors to our....well, neighbors.

Thanks again, Swanton! If you'd like more information on how you can help us really make these things go away, we'd love your input! www.swantonwindvt.org or on Facebook at: Swanton Wind Opposition: The Other Side of The Story.

— SJ Seymour Fairfield


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