To The Daily Sun,
The state of N.H. currently has two studies underway to both establish a new state energy plan and to review the SEC (Site Evaluation Committee) and it's processes. If the need for these studies has already been established then shouldn't our legislators unanimously support a moratorium on new energy projects until we can get the proper guidelines in place? The arguments being used against a moratorium just do not make sense. To say that we can continue on with our current policy for the time being ignores the studies initiatives. We are seeing forced curtailment at Granite Reliable and multiple violations with current projects like Groton Wind that clearly illustrate we have a problem on our hands. Groton Wind continues their denial and flagrant disregard of the rules while attempts at enforcement continue to cost the taxpayers thousands with ongoing litigation while putting the public's health and safety at risk. This alone should be grounds for our legislators to say, "enough is enough, we need a time out"!
To argue that NH needs to meet mandated RPS (renewable portfolio standard) goals does not make sense either. N.H. is already a net exporter of power, generating almost twice as much as is needed and has already met it's RPS goals. Why rush forward to sell power to states like MA and CT who don't want to "sacrifice their clean and wild places"? CT has instituted a moratorium on wind power in their own state which is very telling. Why can't we also take the time before consequences of bad decisions become irreversible?
The argument that a moratorium is bad for business is very far fetched. Industrial wind is not exactly the type of business N.H. should want to attract. It harms our existing businesses by raising electricity rates and costs taxpayers billions in wasted subsidies. There are very few benefits, most of which are temporary while the tradeoffs are far too great. The business that N.H. thrives on is tourism and this is the business that will be destroyed if these industrial developers continue to have their way taking advantage of our weak policies while trashing the state.
All of us want to be responsible and green. Initially wind sounds like the answer to our energy needs. But as you learn more it can be shocking to find that not only is it outrageously expensive but it also has abysmal capacity factors along with multiple health and environmental costs. It doesn't reduce carbon since the wind is intermittent and unreliable. Existing power plants must continue to exist. You also learn that the current siting guidelines in NH are outdated and were never written with wind power in mind. They are fraught with inconsistencies and lack balance and protection. One example is that towns have no voice and no local control yet at the same time must fend for themselves when it comes to negotiating with big wind over things like decommissioning and tax payments.
I applaud our legislators who have taken the time to learn the true facts and hope the rest can take the time with a moratorium to educate themselves and plan the best path forward when we have so much at stake. It would not be desirable to leave a legacy of miles of transmission lines, blasted ridge lines, abandoned turbines, and clear cut forests. When the people of NH look around at the devastation, they will remember those who allowed this to happen on their watch.
I drew some parallels to N.H. when reading a quote in a recent article in Forbes, which could help shed light on why this is happening around the country:
"Over the last several years in the Pacific Northwest, we have spent about $5 billion and impacted over 50,000 acres of pristine public land for the privilege of throwing away 9 billion kWhrs of carbon-free energy every year (NREL). Just so we can meet an arbitrary state mandate, claim we're green, and make a few folks lots of money in tax credits, the cost of which gets passed onto the rate-payers and taxpayers. So why is there such a drive to install wind capacity in an area doesn't need it? Surprise! It's all about the money."
Well, guess what? It is really supposed to be about the people! These are the people that elected the legislators, the same people that are paying attention and the same people that want a moratorium.
Please establish a moratorium on new energy projects and their related transmission so we can protect what is vital to us before it is too late.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:21
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Hillary Seeger and I'm privileged to be running for the Board of Selectman in Meredith. Today I was taken on a tour the Department of Public Works garage. After seeing this facility, I would strongly encourage you all to go to the Meredith Town Meeting and vote in favor of Warrant Article 10. In our beautiful town, I find it deplorable that we allow our employees to work under, well, the best way I can put it is, "less than ideal" conditions. Additionally, maintaining these antiquated facilities is not an efficient management of resources and is certainly not within any scope of being "green".
I will be writing about this in more detail and researching it in much more detail, but wanted to let you all know how much I support a new DPW facility for our town.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is written to correct one of your very frequent 'letter to the editor' writers: Steve Earle. Don't know whether "Stevie" is deliberately trying to provoke a heated discussion or not, but he continues to incorrectly spell my last name. While this in and of itself normally should not be a concern, I do take specific issue with his using a name that I do not go by or condone: "Bernie".
In the future "Stevie", I respectfully request that you refrain from using "Bernie" when referring to me. In addition if you Mr. Editor would correct the spelling of my last name whenever you receive a letter from Mr. Earle which misspells my last name.
The Laconia Daily Sun will continue to provide a great service to the residents of the Lakes Region in New Hampshire. We should not have to stoop to baiting, name calling and other low blows, right "Stevie"?
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is a follow up to a letter I read recently in the paper about the drug "Spice", which is being sold in convenience stores as incense. Many people begin to use this substance and feel it is harmless, as it is being stores and is legal. Unfortunately, what is happening is people are becoming highly addicted to this substance and cannot stop once they start using it. This is not just happening to young people, but older people as well. It is especially harmful to anyone that has a mental health issue. Often times we feel there is nothing that we can do to stop drug addiction, but with this drug there is something we can. We can tell the people that own these stores that we will not be shopping there unless they stop selling this product. Sometimes we think that drug addiction happens to other people's families, but in reality it can happen to anyone.
Everyone reading this probably knows someone affected by alcohol or drugs. I urge you to stand up and tel the people that own these stores how we feel and then do not go there. There are enough stores in the area to choose another one.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
Attention Bristol voters! As promised last year, I have been working feverishly on the Bristol Budget Committee to help keep an eye of the bottom line in an effort to reduce spending and work towards lower taxes without jeopardizing essential public services. It has been an uphill battle to say the least and there is still a lot of hard work to be done to make Bristol a more AFFORDABLE and attractive place to live, work, do business and vacation.
My hat is off to Betsy Schneider and Janet Cote for their hard work and dedication during their first year as selectpersons. They both have many excellent ideas but haven't made much headway with some of the current selectmen who are resistant to change and for which we are all paying a heavy price. Did you know our town budget almost doubled in the nine years that Rick Alpers was a selectman? Surely we can't afford another nine years of that type of leadership. So many Bristol residents and seasonal taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet and it is my personal mission in life to do whatever I can to bring some common sense to the table.
That is why I am endorsing Paul Manganiello for Bristol Selectboard and David Carr for Bristol Budget Committee! They have been outstanding to work with on the Bristol Budget Committee and are committed to reducing spending, lower taxes which attract new business to Bristol, thus growing more desperately-needed jobs and using a solid sensible approach to achieve the goal of making Bristol fiscally sound and one of the most attractive towns in New Hampshire.
We can't do this without YOU. If you are tired of higher property taxes, not getting enough bang for your taxpayer buck or worried about how long you can continue to afford to live in Bristol, please come to Selectboard and Budget Committee meetings, watch the videos at www.townofbristolnh.org or on Channel 26. Please check out Newfound Area Taxpayers on facebook.com and get informed, get involved, attend meetings with like-minded folks and please get out and vote! Together we can make Bristol a place we can all be proud of!
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:55