"Typical reporting by Maine media. A single short quotation by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Larry Dunphy, who has worked his heart out for his constituents in the unorganized territories to have fairness and equal treatment in participating in their affairs. Then on to Non-stop Know-it-all arrogant Mr. Payne, who needs a civic lesson as well as a trip to the woodshed. The constant drivel from Payne's mouth is constant re-hash of protect the unduly favored wind industry at all costs, including the rights of citizens.
But worse is quoting the ditziest state rep. of all, Diane Russell, who worries that if citizens have rights it will stop wind turbines from being plastered all over Maine's beautiful uplands. What a friggin' hypocrite! She represents Munjoy Hill in Portland where: (a) when a proposal for a single wind turbine for up on windy (windier next to the ocean than on inland forested ridges) Munjoy Hill, it was shot down immediately by the same people who advocate for wind power in rural Maine; (b) she lives in the City of Portland, which has effectively banned any wind turbine over 100 ft. tall; and (c) she is part of the nattering bunch that scream & hollar about "it is too big--or tall", it is "out of scale" and "out of place" any time a developer proposes a building more than 100 ft tall in Maine's only true urban core, yet she happily supports 500 ft tall wind turbines built on blasted, leveled, and scalped upland ridges. Compounding her hypocrisy is being a Democrat, she should be all for citizens' rights and fight for the humble people who eek out a living in remote parts of Maine but she chooses to cry foul for the wind industry. She steadfastly refuses to even consider any facts other than the wind industry propaganda and is downright arrogant and insulting in dismissing anyone who does not agree with her and the wind industry.
Come on, BDN. With all the good Legislators who understand the issue of LD 616, you had to quote an ignoramus? How about equal time in quoting spokespersons for the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power, or Friends of Maine's Mountains every time you run to Jeremy Payne for the predictable defense of the wind industry? Sheesh!"
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