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If our southern neighbors need Northern Pass, isn't that enough

To The Daily Sun,

We have been bestowed with one of the greatest gifts being presented to New Hampshire in the history of this great state, the Northern Pass Project. I am not employed by this project or even any of its contractors, but am a private N.H. citizen, in Alton Bay, who is so impressed by it that I was inspired to send this to you.

Northern Pass will provide us with clean-generated hydroelectric service for us and for infinite future generations. Consider the following facts concerning the Northern Pass Project, which we should all support based on common sense alone.

The demand for electrical service is only going to increase over the next few years. We have the obligation to ensure this service is available for future generations. According to ISO New England (June 1, 2006, http://www.iso-ne.com/pubs/whtpprs/elec_costs_wht_ppr.pdf), "Power consumption on the hottest summer days has been growing at about 2 percent each year, which is higher than the growth in average consumption. This consumption trend drives the requirement to build additional resources (e.g. peaking units), increasing the capacity costs of the region. It also is creating an underutilized power system where resources are built to satisfy demand for only a few days of the year. Adding 1,000 megawatts (MW) of supply produced by low-cost plants will save New England consumers $600 million a year."

The geographical/environmental impact of this project will only affect a small fraction of the tens of thousands of New Hampshire forestry/woodlands acres. Anyone who thinks this is going to even slightly affect the New Hampshire tourism industry is being severely over-dramatic. There are no studies, observations, or documentations attesting to any facts that the New Hampshire tourism industry will be even slightly affected.

There are dozens of ski lift systems, throughout the state, which have cleared acres of land, yet nobody seems to be concerned about this issue. Why should the Northern Pass project be considered any differently?

Hydroelectric power, by its very nature, as provided by the Northern Pass project, is one of most environmentally friendly forms of energy that we could ever ask for our state. Dependence on fossil fuels is not only costly, but harmful to our precious environment.

Nuclear power carries with it the constant threat of a major disaster, not to mention the fact that there is still nuclear infused waste from these facilities that has to be dealt with as a disposal issue. Also, nobody wants a nuclear facility in their neighborhood, let alone a related waste dumping facility. The suggestion of using the decommissioned nuclear aircraft carrier is also totally absurd. If it had an impending nuclear disaster, there would be relatively little time to tow it out to sea and hope for the best, let alone a contaminated fisheries harvest from New England.

As an additional bonus, Northern Pass is not only a cost-free project for the state, but is actually projected to provide a considerable financial income resource for New Hampshire, a good incentive to reduce taxation resources in addition to providing a competitive entity among the various electrical service providers.

Even if New Hampshire residents never see any benefit from the project, the Bible instructs us to love thy neighbor. If our southern neighbors can benefit from this project, we should be as proactive as possible to assist them, yet so many hypocrites only care about some trivial rumors that if it doesn't benefit us, why cooperate. How would they feel if we needed this project for our electrical demands and our bordering neighbors were protesting and blocking it?

Anyone who truly cares about the pride of being a New Hampshirite will fully support Northern Pass, if only to provide reliable electricity for our future generations. So let's stop being so selfish about the relatively little negative sight impact of the project and start using common sense, instead of jumping on the gloom and doom bandwagon.

Abe Goldberg
Alton Bay

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Howe's should consider a negotiated compromise with neighbors

To The Daily Sun,

As I reflected on the June 1 article reporting the latest developments regarding the dispute between Timber Hill/Beans & Greens owners Andrew and Martina Howe and their besieged abutters, I came closer to fully understanding the real meaning of an empty and meaningless gesture.

It would seem that, upset over the fact that their abutters on Gunstock Hill Road are causing them serious headaches, the Howes, through their attorney, have served their neighbors with a no-trespass notice.

"That's the spirit," I thought. You destroy someone's property values and quality of life, in an otherwise quiet rural residential area, with an amplified, rowdy commercial wedding reception venue, which by all accounts is illegal in its zoning and should have never been allowed under the terms-of-easement with the conservation trust in the first place, and then turn around and tell them that they can no longer buy their corn at your farm stand. Ouch ... that must really hurt. I'm sure by now, Timber Hill's abutters are really regretting they ever said anything.

Where exactly the Howes' lawyer found the sub-clause/loop-hole in the conservation trust easement agreement that states: "you may give access to the public — on all, none, or partially — of your property under easement, with the exception of those individuals you dislike," is beyond me. Either it's open to the public, or it isn't. What nonsense is this?

It's only my opinion, but it would seem, in law school, their lawyers must have slept through the class entitled, "How to prevent your clients from looking downright foolish."

But since, for the time being anyway, if the Howes' neighbors cannot set foot on the Timber Hill/Beans & Greens properties, then neither will I. Nor would I suggest that anyone who even marginally cares about the rights inherent in zoning ordinances, designed to protect us all, set foot on their properties either. And I would suggest to the Howes that instead of throwing more lawyers at the problem, that they might consider a negotiated compromise with their neighbors and steer clear of more absurdities such as this one.

Al Blake
Gilmanton

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