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by By Peter Wert and Tom Rose
Facts matter — all of the facts. We were astonished to read the editorial published in the Bethel Citizen on Aug. 2 in favor of wind development in Greenwood. It’s fine that they are in favor of wind development — everyone is entitled to their own opinion — however, the idea that the group opposed to wind development is “wringing its hands and crying foul” completely ignores the true issues presented by the development of wind turbines in a populated area.
Is it really the Bethel Citizen’s position that all green energy is good energy? Don’t we have a responsibility to determine how a proposed installation would impact the population and consider alternatives? Solar energy, along with smaller and less harmful wind turbines, are excellent examples of technology which responsibly produce green energy but do not impact the health of local residents.
The editorial completely ignored the tremendous amount of data, both scientific and anecdotal, that points to the ill effects wind turbines have on those living within a few miles of them.
Is it the position of the editorial board that the economic and ecological benefits of wind turbines should be considered over the health of the local population?
Everyone should be seeking ways to live a greener life, and we believe the vast majority of those residents opposed to wind turbine development in Greenwood are great supporters of the environment. But support is based on seeing all sides of the argument, not blindly following like lemmings to the “green horizon.”
Tom Rose, Peter Wert, Greenwood
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by Jonathan Glass
I was surprised and disappointed to read the opinion of the Bethel Citizen’s editorial staff (is that really a staff or is it one person’s opinion hiding behind the Citizen banner?) calling the residents of Greenwood “self-centered” and “ignorant.” Such a disrespectful take on the lively debate surrounding the controversial proposal to build industrial wind turbines overlooking Twitchell Pond seems below the standard of any true newspaper editor.
As always, there are many factors that play into people’s opinions about any public offering, from national politics to zoning laws. Shouldn’t the local population have a right to fight for what they feel is best for their community?
The editor’s contention that building a wind “farm” on the Greenwood ridgeline will somehow add significant value to the fight against global warming is completely unsupported by any data, especially when the federal government is doing everything it can to roll back any progress made toward reducing greenhouse gasses.
It is really all about money, not about the environment. Perhaps the “editorial board” of the Bethel Citizen should do some investigative reporting on the corporate motivation behind building these wind turbines. Then, I am sure, they will learn the meaning of “self-centered.”
Jonathan Glass, Greenwood
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