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 ". 

http://www.colby.edu/sturesearch/ressymposium/RS2009/Assoc_sess.html

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.

Gardiner Parker

Woolwich

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/letters/saturday-opinion_2010-03...

Don’t let wind power destroy the state’s beauty

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.

Marjorie Mitchell
St. Simons Island, Ga.

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/Letters-to-the-Editor-Feb-17-201...

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Comment by Sherwin Start on December 29, 2013 at 11:25pm

I Know People That Have Owned Lots In that Region for over 50 Years-THEY ARE MAINE Residents that Lived in MAine for the LAST 10 or More Generations! They Have The Same VALUES as Ms. Mitchell and There are THOUSANDS Of other Mainers that Have Second-Summer Homes in The STATES North Country That Are Selling Out And Moving To other States Out West! With All Do Respect to Mr. Parker- NO ONE IS FORCEING U TO LIVE HERE!! Just Because Your Father Is In the LAND EXPLOITATION Business No one is FORCEING HIM TO Live In MAine and No one is Forceing him to Manufacture and ERECT Wind Turbines To The Detriment of The REST Of The States POPULATION.Its A proven Fact that They ARE Not Producing "LOW COST POWER". Have U Ever Heard of NOISE Pollution-It Drives Away,People, AND Wildlife!Wind Turbines KILLS EVERYTHING That the BLADES Hit-Is this What u CALL ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY or ECOLOGICALLY  BALANCED/Neutral Operation?? Tell U What Mr. Parker-Put Up one of Those HUGE Wind Turbines in your BACK -Yard and Let Us Know Just How Well U LOVE It as it Gets Up to Full R.P.M.!! 

Comment by rick wood on December 22, 2013 at 2:31pm

 

 Ask the nitwit Parker if his utility bill went down.

 Having one , two or more homes has nothing to do with 

 the polluting of Maine mountains.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 20, 2013 at 8:23pm

this is too sad..cause she thinks wind is low cost..people are so misinformed and shooting themselves in the foot not knowing what the heck they are talking about./.

Comment by Ellin Beltz on March 18, 2013 at 5:41pm

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Greg Kesich, Editor
(207) 791-6481  gkesich@mainetoday.com

How to write letter to editor... Keep is short & simple.  Don't get all "het up and cranky".  Try to sound like the most professional person you've ever dealt with who is not personally involved in the issue, and then drive a truck through their weak points. 

If these numbers were easy to find...

How much Money Maine Earns from Tourism.

How many jobs (permanent)/(temporary) are made by wind construction

How much Money arrives in Maine economy from OUTSIDE Maine from wind turbines.

Because otherwise of course you're just passing instate money around and not getting it to arrive from elsewhere like tourism money. 

Then, with those numbers... this statement can be professionally and abstractly refuted:

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.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 18, 2013 at 4:12pm

Harry is right..where can we share our comments to the public on PPH or is that not possible like with the BDN?

Comment by Harrison Roper on March 18, 2013 at 4:08pm

Mr Parker - When the wind turbines that are increasingly cluttering our ridges can pay their own way and not be subsidized, they will be viable and justfiable, and I think much more welcome in our landscape than they are now, in their subsdized existence.  I am glad most Mainers are resisting them in every way they posibly can.

Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth   for 30 years a year-round resident.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 18, 2013 at 3:59pm

this makes me extremely crazy.,.Mike Gosselin, Mike Dicenso, David Corrigan. Brad Blake and many others who live in Maine feel the same as the out of staters ..is there not a place to comment here? Our comments need to be heard to oppose this arrogant and I am sorry ignorant letter...others we know have been silenced..

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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