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Letters to the Editor

A sad place in time

I’m so completely saddened by the plight of Margina Schwartzbach and Catherine Guither, the two ladies brave enough to tell their stories of the drastically-reduced quality of their lives since the wind turbines began turning.

I’m so sorry to tell them very few care. The editors of the Daily Gazette in an editorial on Aug. 9, 2012, would call your accounts “anecdotal,” defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a short, entertaining account of some event.” Well, I bet you’re thrilled to have entertained them.

People all over the globe have suffered ear pain, anxiety, headaches, proven property devaluation and cannot enjoy the peace and comfort of their homes any longer because of the greed of their landowner neighbors. The Farm Bureau defends their disgusting actions by saying it’s their property, and they should be able to do with it as they wish — even if it destroys their neighbors.

I was at a meeting in Deer Grove where John Martin, Mainstream Renewable Power’s “big persuader”, was touting all the benefits of these monstrosities. I asked him if the power could be stored, and the answer was no. They only provide electricity when they turn, which is not dependable. I also asked him about the rebar and concrete underground to stabilize them seeing that we have a very high water table in this area. He assured me that it is well coated (with God knows what) and will not harm our water supply. Oh, really? Water can wear down rock, but it won’t wear down their coating?

The companies do not remove that underground junk, when they abandon them. You’re lucky if they even remove the turbine.

What a sad time we live in.

Sue McGinn


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