To The Daily Sun,
My name is Leslie Thompson and I have been a resident of Alexandria for just two years but almost immediately after we moved here the specter of an industrial wind project in our backyard loomed large.
We moved here because we found the perfect house in the perfect spot where we could enjoy endless acres of woods, wildlife galore, and even a babbling brook just below the bluff where our home sits.
All of a sudden we are confronted with both a huge, industrial wind project that will change the landscape and the realization that in the current legal/political climate, we have little to say about Alexandria's environmental future. That means there are two parts to this fight: 1. to protect the rural and environmental health of Alexandria, and 2. to assert our right to shape our town's character. Both points are important and both issues are worth the fight.
Last year a majority of us voted in the first Community Bill of Rights (BOR). Awesome! In the ensuing year however, we have learned a lot about the powers of corporate industry and realize that we need to close up some gaps not foreseen in the first BOR . We have all been scratching our heads for the past year as to why in the world an Iberdrola or an EDP would spend the enormous amounts of money necessary to build a MET tower, collect a year's worth of data, just to be told they are not permitted to go forward. We have to stop them before they even start and more importantly, we have to assert our right to shape our town today and forever.
On March 10, the town of Alexandria will vote on an additional BOR that would prohibit Wind Resource Extraction activities and further define our position on industrial wind projects in our community. Let's all stand together again.
Vote "Yes" on Warrant Article 16.
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