To The Daily Sun,
During the last 12 months, many people have shared their concerns about the Groton industrial-scale wind farm and future wind farm proposals destined for their communities. They include residents, vacationers, realtors, farmers, conservationists, AMC members, field naturalists, lake lovers and others. Most of the people upset by inappropriate, industrial-scale wind farm developments are not climate change skeptics. That shouldn't come as a surprise.
They've learned that wind turbines are not a neutral technology. Large-scale wind farms can and do cause a range of serious problems. They also know many politicians are not representing them on their legitimate concerns.
Are politicians misleading their constituents? Is Governor Maggie Hassan embracing the the wind industry? Are they taking the stance that wind farms are intrinsically good in all situations? Is their decision making becoming distorted? Have they stopped seeing and hearing the facts? Whole communities of people and wildlife are now being stranded by their processes.
A striking example of this is the highly controversial and totally inappropriate development called the Wild Meadows Wind Farm. This proposal is well under way — yet the community is not seeing representation from their elected officials. The site for the erection of 23 large wind turbines, each 500 feet tall — that is, 100 feet taller than the Groton Wind Farm — is right in the middle of a significant wetlands/watershed area. The site basically abuts the Cardigan Mountain State Park.
After decades of continuous efforts by local people and organizations to protect this high value conservation watershed area, home to numerous species of birds, the message from today's politicians is: Nothing, absolutely nothing!
We now stand beside a long list of objectors to the Wild Meadows Development (WMD), running into many thousands of individuals, as well as many organizations. At this stage insufficient information and vague answers is the name of the game.
This is approaching the threshold beyond which it cannot be used for effective, rationally based public decision making. It needs to go to the courts. Regardless, if approved, the WMD proposal will be challenged in court - like it's sister facility, the Groton Wind Farm, is now seeing in its aftermath.
Maybe then the state will then hear our community concerns or at least enjoy a good public kicking. Because, right now, anybody who gets in the way is stomped on and belittled.
We understand that New Hampshire aims to maintain a well-balanced energy resource portfolio. And to enhance its trading and marketing activities while establishing a stable supply system to meet growing energy demand inside and outside of our state.
But remember in the end... a wind farm in Groton, at Wild Meadows, at Spruce Ridge and at Alpine Ridge will not reduce New Hampshire's carbon footprint. This is all about southern states reducing their carbon footprints at our expense.
There's no guarantee that building a wind farm will bring down power prices or carbon footprints. It certainly hasn't to date. Soon it will be seen as a factor as to why New Hampshire may take first, second or third place in this country's electricity prices race. Currently we are in 5th place.
Apologists try to blame sharply rising power charges on the need to replace aging poles and wires, but upgrades and new infrastructure costs do not account for all of those increases - wind farms are the core problem.
What's your average monthly electrical bill? Watch it... closely.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:45
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Nancy Parsons letter to The Sun dated November 6th. She states clearly of having read many of Tony Boutin's Letters to the Editor over the years. In so doing she claims to have detected a racist attitude.
I've never met Tony Boutin but I too have been reading his letters to The Sun for years. Letters which have never indicated any racism whatsoever. I view Boutin as merely mournful over the direction our country is heading. And he's not the only one who thinks this way. Nor is Nancy Parsons alone to think that our new national legislative medical plan is good for America. To Parsons credit, she supports her position by sharing a personal and factual medical experience that I read with great interest.
Just recently, however, June Huot wrote a well written letter to The Sun appealing for more civility in political dialogue. Had Parsons concentrated more on Huot's writing and less on Boutin's perhaps she would have been less insensitive and bombastic in dangling the "race card" toward a person whose politics are different from hers.
As I've stated before in a letter to The Sun, the political arena should be a precious and revered place for debating not insulting.
Yes, Tony Boutin has strong political views different than that of Nancy Parsons but should have the "freedom" and "right" to express them without being vilified before the public as a possible racist.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:42
To The Daily Sun,
On Veterans Day lets remember "The Forgotten Heroes" — In World War II, U.S. Merchant Marines were the first to go, the last to return, suffered the highest casualty rate and received no promised benefits.
The first American victim to Axis aggression was the "SS City of Flint", captured by a Nazi battleship in Oct.1939. The first U.S. ship sunk was the "MS City of
Rayville", which hit a German mine in Nov. 1940, killing one mariner. The toll of men killed grew to 243 before Pearl Harbor. Mariners were among the
first U.S. Prisoners of War and many were held by both the Germans and Japanese.
President Roosevelt said mariners were "fighting side by side with our Army and Navy." Mariners were at the front the moment they left port, subject to attack by submarine, surface raider, mines, bombers, kamikaze, and land-based artillery. Each was assigned a battle station and manned guns or passed ammunition during battle. About 9,300 mariners were killed and 12,000 wounded. Mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any service during World War II, with 1 in 26 killed. Over 1,500 ships were sunk, with 1 in 8 mariners losing their ship. Casualties were kept secret during the war to avoid providing information to the enemy and to keep mariners at sea.
It took 15 tons of supplies to support one soldier for one year at the front. Mariners delivered tanks, amphibious craft, airplanes, jeeps, ammunition, PT boats, gasoline, aviation fuel, trucks, medicines, and food rations while taking part in every invasion from Normandy in Okinawa.
During the War the number of seamen grew from 55,000 to 250,000, mostly recruited by the U.S. Maritime Service, the official training organization. The Merchant Marine took volunteers 16 to 78 years old, some with one eye, one arm, one leg, or heart disease. Many were high school dropouts, eager to
help win the war. The Merchant Marine was the only racially integrated service.
Mariners remained in war zones long after the fighting troops came home to enjoy the benefits of the G.I. Bill. Mariners suffered many casualties as 54 ships struck mines after V-E or V-J Day.
As he signed the GI Bill in June 1944, President Roosevelt said: "I trust Congress will soon provide similar opportunities to members of the merchant marine who have risked their lives time and time again during war for the welfare of their country." With his death, mariners lost their champion. Mariners were denied benefits: unemployment, education, home or small business loans, priority for postwar jobs, and medical care for disabilities. Mariners were urged to stay at sea with promises of benefits and "your country needs you," but only received a "Thank you" letter from President Truman and a lapel pin. They suffered financial repercussions from this lack of benefits and opportunities all their lives.
Congress, created an application process for Veteran Status in 1977. Mariners were continually denied, while telephone operators and even Women's Air Service Pilots who washed out of training were approved. In 1987, three torpedoed mariners successfully sued the government, resulting in veteran status in Jan. 1988, too late for most benefits.
Mariners are honored on countless memorials across the country, including the new World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sadly, in some places, they are deemed "civilians" and relegated to the back of the monument.
Mariners still seek full, official recognition for their heroism and vital role in making World War II victory possible.
Comparison of Casualties: 1 in 26 Mariners killed; 1 in 34 Marine Corps killed; 1 in 48 Army killed; 1 in 114 Navy killed; 1 in 421 Coast Guard killed.
Retired Merchant Marine
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:38
To The Daily Sun,
I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Really, I am because I just read that four of the foremost experts on global warming are calling on the world to build more nuke power plants. Right, more nuke plants. In a letter to other green energy experts and science publications, James Hansen — former top NASA scientist, Ken Caldeira — of the Carngie Institute, Kerry Emanual of MIT and Tom Wigley of the University of Adelaid in Australia all believe we have no choice because solar and wind power units just can't scale up in time.
I've never been a big fan of the green movement but if folks like these are calling for nukes I may have to think about the idea a little more? I'm apparently not alone because most of the green movement has and is very much against the nuke industry. Nukes have never been a big favorite of mine either, mostly because of the disposal problems and more recently fear they could attract terrorist attacks. Must feel like a rock and a hard place for the experts.
This will be interesting to see how the devoted green activists respond to this.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:25
To The Daily Sun,
Congratulations are in order for Edward J. Engler, a great newspaperman, upon his election as Mayor of Laconia. He follows in the footsteps of another civic-minded publisher, who shared his first name and middle initial, the late Edward J. Gallagher (1890-1978), who founded what was then the Laconia Evening Citizen in 1925.
Mr. Gallagher, a Democrat when the city held partisan elections, was mayor of Laconia from 1937 to 1939.
Although a New Deal Democrat who served his party as state vice chairman (1939) as a delegate to its national convention (1944), and as a delegate to two state constitutional conventions (1912, 1956), Mr. Gallagher nevertheless took pains to be a fair reporter of the news and to cultivate a thoughtful but low key editorial policy — a reflection of his philosophy that it's not a good idea for a newspaper to, in his words, "keep a community all stirred up."
Like Mr. Engler, "E.J.," as Gallagher was commonly known around and about, was a transplant, who also like Mr. Engler, had published a newspaper in another city, before laying roots in Laconia. Born in Concord, Gallagher first published the Concord Daily Patriot before its offices burned in a spectacular fire that completely destroyed the White's Opera House Block on Park Street near the State House in 1920, which Gallagher also owned.
But Gallagher would not be stopped. After suffering a loss of over $150,000, a huge amount in 1920, within five years he was up and running his presses in Laconia, publishing a daily newspaper begun from scratch that became successful throughout his lifetime and beyond.
And like E.J. Gallagher, Mr. Engler must be made of similar stuff to even contemplate, let alone attempt to pioneer a daily newspaper at a time when most such animals were, and are, on life support, and in a city that long had one, to boot.
But The Laconia Daily Sun is prospering. Read in nearly every waiting room, diner, barbershop and breakfast table in the Lakes Region, the paper not only efficiently presents the news of the day in an attractive format, but generously provides a lively public forum for its readers as none other.
And darned if it isn't free of charge. And, that's one thing old E.J. Gallagher did not do.
Now, Mr. Engler, who among many other accomplishments has held elective office before, as did his late counterpart, will soon be sworn in as Mayor of Laconia.
So, congratulations and best wishes are indeed the order of the day, "Your Honor!" Or should we now be calling you "E.J."?
Guess maybe both would work.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:17