To The Daily Sun,
I moved from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire to enjoy its beauty, not to look at power lines and windmills, just like many residents and tourists do.
Power-lines and windmills obstruct and desecrate the beauty of our lands, impacting negatively on our livelihood and the tourist trade. They also impact negatively on our health. An electric company in Pennsylvania settled a lawsuit that offered that its overhead lines caused cancer.
We do not need this Northern Pass. Eminent domain does not and should not apply to privately owned properties. Northern Pass is a profit-making company that serves the owners and stockholders, not us. There is no benefit at all to the citizens of this state. We have determined this, and they need to comply with our wishes.
If the lines are buried in their entirety while in this state, maybe some of us could better respect their efforts. The scenery in New Hampshire is what makes and defines this state. The financial costs pale in comparison to following the will and need of the people. Burying the lines will also improve Northern Pass's relationship with our people, providing excellent public relations, as well as improving our landscape. This would indicate their willingness to listen to us as well as pay attention to our needs.
It is highly encouraged that the bulk of the Northern Pass be buried between or along the interstate highway system to reduce construction costs as well as conserving the beauty of this state. In addition, all electrical lines should be buried, on my property and other property owners, not just the Northern Pass. The costly need to defoliate the land under existing lines is reduced and will enhance our property values as well, This will also reduce the rates we pay you. It will be a win-win situation that benefits all.
The people of northern New Hampshire have spoken. They have said "No!! No Northern Pass." It is obvious you have not been listening to us. It is up to the citizens of this state to determine what is best for us, not Northern Pass, or any other large corporate entity. New Hampshire's beauty can once again be restored. You need to work with the citizens of our state of New Hampshire, to improve the qualities of all our lives. All of us are part of this thing called life. Working together, we all can make New Hampshire a better place to live.
Bob Joseph, Jr.
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