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Spruce Ridge Wind project will benefit few at expense to many

To The Daily Sun,

EDP Renewables is on track to build its $140 million Spruce Ridge Wind Power Plant. It's no surprise. What is a surprise is that New Hampshire legislators aren't listening to the public's frustration.

Remember the day when government used the phrase "spend our tax dollars"? Today that phrase has changed to "invest our tax dollars". So, if the word "spend" is allowed to be replaced with the word "invest" — shouldn't New Hampshire officials be more clear with us? Because the word invest indicates profit and comes with clear terms and conditions.

I've been frustrated, like many others, over the past four years of seeing and hearing nothing more than legal jargon. I call that lip service. I want New Hampshire officials to start listening and speaking to residents directly. It's your job.

New Hampshire residents aren't opposed to progress, innovation or energy efficiency. We're typically the early adopters in this field. Yet, we're opposed to these particular wind projects because it does not bring one single benefit to our community or the people in it. In a sense New Hampshire residents will pay for a big portion off this — in more ways than one — for a few people to benefit from it in southern states. Remember, New Hampshire's a net exporter of electricity and has been for decades. We don't need the electricity.

Does public interest matter anymore? Or is Grafton County destined to become a conduit for sending power to other places? Because if that's the case — maybe Grafton County should be exempt from paying view taxes.

Don't forget that thousands of Grafton County residents have officially voted against wind development in their communities. Don't forget your true concerns (i.e.: watersheds, economics, decommissioning funds, wildlife, transmission lines, deforestation, redirected water, property view taxes, electrical rate increases, etc). Don't forget about how we've been clearly communicating to our elected officials for help. And don't forget that New Hampshire officials have seen the transactions surrounding the Groton Wind Farm fiasco.

In New Hampshire we cherish our natural landscape and the economy it supports. And we must defend ourselves from those who would sacrifice our values for their own profit. Because building dozens more 500-foot-tall wind turbines on our ridge lines is nothing more than politics working against us ... plain and simple.

Keep asking questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them.

Ray Cunningham

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After excusing Clinton for e-mail issue, #feelthebern is over

To The Daily Sun,

During the Democratic/socialist debate, Bernie Sanders made the following statement in regards to Hillary Clinton's e-mails: "Let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails."

With this statement, the socialist excused Hillary Clinton for 1. violating State Department policy on private e-mail use; 2. disposing of public records without authority; 3. misappropriating classified information; and 3. covering up possible misconduct and conflicts of interest.

With this statement, the socialist ended his campaign. There was only one path for the socialist to win the nomination. Bernie had to convince the Democratic Party that Hillary Clinton is too plagued in scandals to win the general election and he failed to do that.

It is ironic that the socialist excuses Hillary Clinton and her scandalous ways. After all, the e-mail scandal is similar to the type of corruption Sanders promises to fight on Wall Street. Hillary raked in foreign cash for her family foundation while conducting the countries business. There are even reports Clinton allowed Russia to gain control of a huge chunk of America's uranium deposits in return for a donation to her foundation.

#feelthebern is over. Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party nominee and as a nation we will be bombarded with more class envy and division as Hillary Clinton is another student of Saul Alinsky and his "Rules for Radicals", just as Barack Obama is.

Hillary will attempt to convince women of the mirage that is "equal pay for equal work", as she takes in $500,000 a speech. Hillary will drone on about "women's rights are human rights", as the Clinton foundation takes massive "donations" from counties that oppress women. Hillary will attempt to be a voice for the LGBT community, all the while the Clinton foundation takes large donations from governments who kill gay people or those suspected of being gay.

In true Clinton fashion, Hillary will do or say anything to be elected president. I pray that the good people of the greatest nation on earth do not fall for it like they did with Barack Obama.

Patrick Wetmore

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