In the following "oldie but a baddie" letter to the Press-Herald, a Gardiner Parker of Woolwich beats up on 80 year old Marjorie Mitchell whose camp on the Lincoln Lakes has been destroyed by First Wind's project built by Reed & Reed. This is a home that Ms. Mitchell and her husband built with their own two hands many years before. Tourism is our leading industry, but Gardiner Parker sees no reason not to engage in a bit of hate mongering aimed at this tourist lifeblood.
Young Parker cries poverty in the process but fails to say whether he is the son of Jackson Parker, CEO of Reed & Reed which has built more wind projects in Maine than anyone and has also made huge money from tourists, e.g., they built the Penobscot Narrow's Bridge, one of the states largest tourist attractions.
Could it be that when young Parker talks about not having two homes, he is excluding possible villas, mansions and compounds?
I wonder if the letter writer is the same Gardiner Parker who is the recent Colby grad (like dad) who gave the presentation called "Wind Power in America ".
Also see, about father & son Reed & Reeders: http://www.nrcm.org/documents/ReedReed.pdf
Out-of-staters don't have same values as Mainers
Ms. Marjorie Mitchell's letter of Feb. 17 represents exactly the attitude that continues to hinder our state's economic development and our push to develop clean energy.
Her letter illustrates the divide between the out-of-staters who come up here to vacation, and the rest of us, who actually work here and are trying to make a living.
Ms. Mitchell is upset that sustainable, green, economic development and energy independence for the state of Maine might diminish the view at her vacation home for the few weeks she spends here each year.
While we certainly welcome the tourists, and agree with Ms. Mitchell that Maine is a wonderful, beautiful treasure, unlike Ms. Mitchell, we don't have two homes – we live here all the time – and we can't afford to live here without economic development and sustainable, low-cost energy.
Some of the most vocal critics of wind power in Maine are non-resident out-of-staters, just like Ms. Mitchell, who want to make time stand still in Maine so they can enjoy the bucolic views. Well, while they're enjoying the view, the rest of us have to work to put food on the table and support our families and wind power projects create hundreds of jobs and millions in economic spinoff.
Let's keep Maine moving toward green jobs and green energy.
I am writing this letter to try my best to discourage the destruction of land around Caribou Pond in Lincoln.
I am a property owner there and have been for more than 20 years. My summers are spent in that wonderful spot, where I enjoy fishing, watching the moon rise over Rollins Mountain, listening to the sound of loons on the lake and generally restoring my soul in this wonderful environment that Maine has to offer.
What a blessing that Maine has to offer to the tourists who come yearly to your wonderful state. I am distressed about the bad side effects discovered elsewhere in the state where wind turbines are installed.
Please help us to see the errors of our ways in listening to the false reports made by the people who are trying to ramrod this supposed “help” to the people of your wonderful state.
St. Simons Island, Ga.
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