To The Daily Sun,
One reads the letter signed by Meg Hempel in the December 18 edition of The Sun with a sense that what is required, both in budgets and opinion writing, is reasonably full disclosure. I too was at this December 16 meeting and did not witness any rudeness on the part of the Gilmanton Selectboard to anyone.
The selectmen stated their position that they would like to keep the position of working fire chief just that: working, as opposed to administrative only. "Give us two shifts a week and we'll be happy" was the position of the selectmen.
The rudeness on display came not from the selectmen but from the GilmantonFireman's Association, which arrived en masse in an apparent attempt to bully the board into submission to their wishes.
What I saw at this meeting was three open and honest, hard-working people doing their best to represent the interests ofall of the people in town. Perhaps it would be well if Ms. Hempel described herself as the wife of the fire chief in question.
As to the budgetary discussions engendered by the visit of a representative of the Belknap Commission, let me say that the alternative to digging into the Commission's less than candid presentation is to roll over and play dead.
Kudos to the Gilmanton selectmen for their hard work on behalf of the ordinary citizen.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5 - Gilmanton
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
If you look at a map of where wind power plant developments are being proposed in New Hampshire now, you'll notice they're all in the immediate proximity of Newfound Lake. There, on the rolling mountain tops just north and west of the lake, they will stand 500 feet high. Soon the wind development map will relentlessly grow and spread across New Hampshire's countryside as it has in other states.
Our community has first-class views, second-class wind and now a third-class government. In the end, our second-class is being viewed as a new tax revenue for our third-class.
Soon we could all be gazing out our windows at more than a hundred turbines, higher transmission lines and scarred mountains for the next twenty years. But that's the least of our problems.
Few will see a steady income from them — yet the majority will not. And one thing's for sure, wind developments are about to take off in New Hampshire. Has anyone got a clue as to how many wind turbines are destined for this state? 500, 1,000, 5,000? In four years, Newfound Lake could be home to 100+ turbines — with four wind projects approved by the state. All of this on 15 miles of ridge lines.
Aren't New Hampshire's politicians concerned? Or are they drinking Kool-Aid while listening to wind developers tout: clean and renewable wind energy will sustain your rural communities.
On the roadsides, on your way into our community, there are a many yard signs that are anti-wind. They're sponsored by a local anti-wind group called the NHWindWatch.org, and they aren't the only opposition the wind industry has faced here. Voters have voted against further wind development, many businesses oppose them, many organizations and clubs have come out against them and local politicians have backed a proposed one year moratorium on wind development.
So what's going on here? Why is New Hampshire welcoming wind developers with open arms and turning a cold shoulder on residents? The answer lies in the story behind the story of wind turbines. And it has to do with federal laws loaded with subsidies. You see, it's a new revenue stream, offering carbon credits and property tax exemptions for our politicians and a few elite. Nothing more.
Fast forward 20 years. Those same residents will share our anxiety about decommissioning them. Who gets stuck with the bill? And most importantly, Who's property taxes are no longer subsidized? (That's for another discussion.)
It's true, wind developers are rushing into New Hampshire, and they're catching the state off-guard. Dictating and toying with them (if I may say so myself). And that brings us to today... where utilities are being forced to use this unreliable intermittent power source. It's a perfect storm. And it's brewing right in front of your eyes.
Utilities are being forced to accept energy from small, independent intermittent power projects, in the name of renewable energy. Utilities are charged a premium for wind power — which in turn is passed down to the consumer. And those consumers live in Massachusetts. So why are our electric bills increasing?
A circle of fraud?
A couple of arguments: First, wind doesn't always blow, and turbines don't always turn. For utilities, that varying supply can be hard to accommodate. But, remember it's always easy to charge the end user for their problems.
What can we take away from all of this? New Hampshire hasn't approached it in the right way. N.H. doesn't have much of an energy plan. And it sounds like N.H. should change its state moto to: "When incentives are hot, take 'em".
The federal tax credit for wind power is set to expire this December, like many December's before that, making this particular cycle even more dramatic - given the political landscape.
We're simply a N.H. case study with many unintended consequences... and Groton is too young to talk about... LOL.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
Ray Cunningham mentioned in his latest letter to The Sun the fickleness of the wind in regards to the operation of the Groton wind farm. Apparently the turbines have a cold temperature shut of as well. For the past week or so, The Lakes Region has been dealing with temps from -10f to +15f and it's not even technically winter yet. Seems to me the demand for energy would be pretty high under these conditions. Thankfully N.H.'s own home grown power has kept the lights on and us warm while the ugly, stark white prima-donnas could not contribute. They have not turned a single revolution for a week because it's too cold for them to work. The temperature is going to go up this week so we'll probably see them turn again to contribute the pathetically meager output they're capable of.
And we need them why?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
Tuesday and L.J. Siden has a half page letter trying to cover up for our incompetent president. Still with the birthers issue, probably because he has nothing else to try and distract readers from Obama's dismal record of failures and lies. No proof needed for this opinion L.J., Obama himself is proof enough for anyone of clear mind.
I clearly recall him promising an open and transparent administration. It isn't and hasn't been from day one. He promised to reach across the isle to forge compromises and bring Americans together. He didn't. This he said was to be a new post racial nation, no blue states no red states just all Americans. Not even elected first term and he played the race card on Mrs. Clinton and he and his followers have been doing it ever sense. We have the most racial divisions in 40 or 50 years and L.J. and friends are not shy about promoting it. Promise after promise broken, scandals everywhere, fast and furious, Benghazi, the IRS, NSA, and let's not forget Obamacare. No L.J., I don't have to prove a thing; the president has done that far better then my poor words ever could
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
Last winter a group of us stayed overnight at the AMC cabin on Mt. Cardigan. The "high cabin" is located about two miles up a meandering trail through the woods and sits about a half mile from the summit of the mountain. Being a winter trek, we all had mini crampons, hefty packs and a few sleds for firewood for the cabin woodstove. The snowy trail eventually brought us to a clearing in the trees where we could take in a view of the valley below and have a quick respite for the last push to the cabin. Much to my dismay, the vista we had been waiting for was obscured by a row of tall, wind turbines spaced along the distant ridge line. Here we were, in the middle of Mt. Cardigan State park, a little escape from the civilization below, and the first good view we encounter is a line of man-made winged, monoliths, spinning in the distance.
In my opinion, these turbines are blight on this state's beautiful landscape. The abundance of unspoiled scenery is what makes New Hampshire so special. I also understand that these wind farms have proven very deleterious to bats and birds, including hawks and eagles. These birds soar and ride the winds and air currents along the high ridgelines and encounter these spinning blades while hunting food. Today, I actually read where Washington gave a 30 year moratorium to some wind farms that basically absolves them from killing protected bird species. I think New Hampshire and the whole nation should take a very close look at this energy source. These wind towers present a serious blot on the landscape and the electricity they produce is not worth the damage to the scenic beauty of the country or the toll on our wildlife. The thought of majestic birds of prey, including the symbol of our great country, the American bald eagle, meeting their demise from these spinning giants is a disgrace.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:38