Don't let wind farms ruin us
To the editor:
How many people are aware that a 46,000-acre wind farm of 40-story high windmills is poised to destroy the scenic beauty of Union County? Do the people of Baker County realize that the same corporation who wants to build this is planning on doing the same to our lands?
Like most, I was initially fooled by the hype into believing that wind
power was "green energy." Now I know better. Windmills are anything but
green. They disfigure our scenic vistas, decimate land, kill wildlife
and cause human health problems.
Wind farms annihilate wildlife. Nationwide they kill many thousands of
migratory birds and birds of prey. Windmills create a shift in air
pressure so severe that bats implode in flight and fall dead from the
sky. Since bats eat mosquitoes, West Nile virus outbreaks could become
more common. And where windmills stand, animals such as large mammals
leave permanently. Wind farms become gargantuan pinwheeled killing
People will suffer also. Those living near these noisy windmills
experience fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression and other
ailments. They will suffer financially also, as their property values
Contrary to industry spiel, there will be few, if any, permanent jobs
created locally. And the money will flow to the European company that
is behind this. Your tax dollars will help subsidize them, however.
In the end, all that we will be left with if wind farms are allowed to
invade our area is a desecrated landscape of wind turbines visible from
up to 40 miles away, destruction of the feel of wildness and open
space, loss of wildlife and a lingering sadness of how pretty it all
used to be.
The best way to comprehend the devastation is to stand amidst the roar
of the blades, atop land that was once pristine, ground that has become
so cluttered with windmills that it is now nothing more than an
industrial white-bladed wasteland - places such as those near the
Columbia Gorge, or areas near Palm Springs and Mojave, Calif.
Don't let this potential tragedy befall Union or Baker County.
GOP shenanigans remembered
To the editor:
Carl Kostol laments the "recent vote on Obama's medical care bill [as]
frightening." (Letters, Oct. 27, 2010.) He has apparently forgotten the
Republican medical care bill of 2003.
Hopefully dubbed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and
Modernization Act, a Republican creature, it was the product of
corruption. A 15-minute vote stretched into the middle of the night
while Republican leader Tom DeLay and his henchmen employed any means
to gather votes, including bribery. Democratic members of the House
were denied any opportunity to offer amendments. Cost estimates were
known to be false. Medicare's chief actuary believed the bill would
cost an additional $200 billion. He was threatened with the loss of his
job if he revealed that fact. His estimate was itself $200 billion
While states, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private plans can
negotiate drug prices, the law prohibits Medicare from doing so. The
law prohibits the importation of drugs from other countries. Cheaper
and equally efficacious drugs from Canada come to mind. I suppose it
depends upon whose ox is being gored, whether by a socialist or the