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Developing wind farms won't create long-term community benefits

To The Daily Sun,

Numerous studies have been conducted on the positive benefits of developing wind projects in the United States, which include creating jobs, supplying clean energy and economically stimulating local communities.

One need only look to Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts to note the many advantages of wind farms. Today, many other wind projects will be announced in rural communities like ours across New England and the Nation. Media announcements will be filled with wonderful words like: green energy, saving future generations, harnessing the power of free wind, etc.

If only it were ALL true. I have yet to hear of a community in New England searching for a developer to erect 500-ft. turbines in their community.

A few things will come true. First: developers will try and convince you that your community supports them; second: developers will conduct and release bogus studies done by outsourced 3rd parties; third: developers will deforest and blast their way through the mountain ridges; forth: developers will hire many temporary workers (many from out-of-state) for logging and road construction; fifth: developers will install 500-ft. turbines for all to see; sixth: developers will leave; and seven would be crazy to even suggest: developers may return to build more.

We witnessed the Groton Wind Farm installation and the challenges they had to overcome — both environmentally and legally. And it's apparent that the need for "Green Energy" is truly desired in Massachusetts, So why isn't Massachusetts developing its own state first?

Why hasn't one N.H. Ski Resort made room for turbines? Is Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Waterville, Gunstock, (etc) not windy enough for turbines? Turbines promise to be profitable, right? So, why are N.H. Ski Resorts turned off to turbine development?

Addressing the challenges facing our local wind developers and our community begins with taking a look at the people behind these projects. A half a billion dollars is being spent in our community. My question is how much of this will stay in our community? Not much when you factor in their decommissioning strategy. Almost all of the money leaves our community, our state and our country.

Let me explain: many temporary out-of-state workers will flock here from three states for a 4-6 month time frame. None will stay, none will buy a house and none will send their children to our schools or invest in our community. Experienced and knowledgeable workers will be brought in because they are fully trained to complete the job in a certain time frame. Cheap labor will also be brought in. Simply put — local workers will not be considered for many of these jobs because it's all about deadlines and money.

Hats off to you — if you're a local company involved in the deforestation process, the road building process or the logging process, but you too know there's no room for training. It's truly a race to finish on-time and incentives are put in place to guarantee that. So it's fair to say that land owners will prosper and so will a hand full of logging and trucking companies in the state.

Developing wind farms will not create long-term benefits for our community. Are other turbine communities overflowing with jobs, wealth, and incremental business?. I think not. If it they were prospering — developers would not be fronting them money... developers know their development plan will harm you...that's why they come bearing gifts.

Wake up. Developers are here to take profits not give them away. They have a playbook that they've used on every community before us — and it's a playbook full of broken promises.

Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:52

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Please check your closet for any extra winter clothing or gear

To The Daily Sun,

Last year we asked residents in the Meredith area to donate coats, sleeping bags and other winter apparel to Liberty House, a shelter for homeless veterans in Manchester and you generously responded. With winter approaching, they need your help again. Please check your closets for any winter clothing, hats, gloves, etc. or sleeping bags you no longer use and drop them off at Village Canvas, 31 Foundry Ave. in Meredith by November 8th. and we will deliver them.

We ask your help in continuing to support New Hampshire's homeless veterans population, many of whom are combat veterans, by donating to Liberty House.

Liz & Bev Lapham

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:46

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Giving poor a middle class income doesn't make them middle class

To The Daily Sun,
In order for socialism to prevail, capitalism must fail. The universal cause for the failure of capitalist systems is government. Governments milk the populace and they want to control the populace and eventually they kill the goose that lays the golden egg. (How's that for a mixed metaphor.)
President Obama's mantra has been, "I been sent to save the middle class." The middle class is the driving force for a vibrant capitalist society. If you watch what has been done rather than listen to what is said, you will see that the actions of our government have been systematically eliminating the middle class. It isn't just the persistent taxing of success that stifles the middle class. Perhaps the most dangerous taxation has been the taxation of savings.
"We don't have a wealth tax", you say. I say we do and it is another name for inflation. If you save a thousand dollars and there is 10 percent inflation, the present value of the money saved is about nine hundred dollars plus whatever paltry interest you have earned. On the other hand, if you borrow one thousand dollars and there is 10 percent inflation you pay back with dollars that are worth only nine hundred dollars. The middle class populace tends to save, but the government always borrows. That way the government steals savings.
The next step in destroying the middle class has been "poverty programs". The rationalization is that if we "give" the poor a middle class income they will become middle class. In fact, what we do with these programs is create a growing lower class. The truth is that class in not a matter of cash on hand but rather a matter of character. Eventually, the entrepreneurial spirit that typifies the middle class will wither and the lower class will become a malleable voting-block. We will have a nation of elites, the aristocracy (super wealthy and government)and the peasantry.
Another method of destroying the middle class is over regulation. The super wealthy can afford armies of lawyers to interpret the regulations and they can afford armies of lobbyists to shape the regulations. You want to open a lemonade stand, there are a forest of regulations and expensive licenses. At one time being a paperboy (pardon me, paper person) was the first step of gainful employment and was a source of savings. The latest attempt of regulation would make the minimum wage apply to virtually all employment, and there is the perennial drive to establish a minimum wage that will support a family. (By the way, raising the minimum wage is the most successful way of cutting off the lower rungs of the employment ladder.) Youth should remain unemployed anyway. The unemployed become slaves to the government. The minimum wage would be about one dollar if you had to have a job before you could vote.
Some other days, I will expound on the differences between intelligence and wisdom, and death from bureaucracy. I bet you can hardly wait.
Dale P. Eddy


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:33

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Wake up! Popularity does not make for good political leadership

To The Daily Sun,

Right now, the intelligent seniors and veterans are screaming to replace the whole corrupt crowd down there in DC. I say right now, because when the booths open for voting, the displeasure will fade away to "I know that name" and continue to vote for the same old people who know nothing about helping this country, but sure know how to line their pockets with yours and my hard-earned money.

Wake up! Popularity does not make for good leadership. So it seems that you do not care about your children or grandkids, so lets leave them a debt so high that they will never be able to pay it off, because we will not be here to see them burdened with our reckless spending. Spend! Spend! Spend! It's only money. After all, Washington has printing presses to print more and more and more. Pretty soon, the green money of the good ole US of A, won't even be worth the paper it is printed on. And, do not speak out about the head honcho because someone will accuse you of racism. A black woman comedian once said it very clearly of him, "If he doesn't do well, we can blame it on the white part of him".

Bev Buker


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:29

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Shutdown is irresponsible; it's cosing too many people too much

To The Daily Sun,
I don't know where Mr. Ewing gets his news because it certainly differs from what my sources tell me.
Today, I read these headlines: "Senate Leaders Near Fiscal Deal but the House is Uncertain" in the New York Times, "Senate Leaders Close to Deal on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling" in the Washington Post and "Senate Nears Deal on Debt, Shutdown" in the Wall Street Journal.
The shut down is irresponsible and is costing too many people too much. But I urge Mr. Ewing to lay blame in the appropriate place.
Kate Miller

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:50

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