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Wind farm not appropriate for Winnebago County

October 7, 2009

Note: Winnebago County Board votes on the wind farm issue this week!


Research indicates the best site for a wind turbine to be
a windy spot in the middle of nowhere.

Winnebago County is in no such location, nor is the name of my hometown Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois!

If an ordinance is to be written, and I acknowledge that this is necessary, let that ordinance be an innovative and original document. As is now presented, this ordinance is a cookie-cutter document provided by Navitas for the specific purpose of advancing that company’s goals.

Let our county be a creative leader in wind farm experimentation, NOT the subject of a Navitas experiment in profit margins.

Board members, make no assumptions about the outcome of this important vote, and do not presume to say how you will vote until you have heard and seen the results of these structures. Can every individual board member affirm that they have seen the Stephenson County night horizon alight with the red lights blinking in unison? If not, your right to cast a vote on this issue is in serious doubt.

Be courageous in voting so as to exemplify the ideals of Illinois’ beloved Abraham Lincoln:
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it

(my emphasis). Note that it is not
might

(or dollars!) which makes
right

but the opposite. The duty required here is for board members to vote AGAINST this particular wind farm ordinance.

Allowing this current proposal will squelch rather than encourage productive wind energy options. Look beyond the immediate revenue assumptions and craft an ordinance of which Winnebago County may be proud, an ordinance based on the very best ways to bring this new technology to our region.

To assert that as board members, you have not received much input, does not lessen the task before you, that decision which should seek to do the greatest good for the benefit of all county residents.

Again, to borrow from Mr. Lincoln:
With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.

At this time, a vote AGAINST this ordinance is what is needed.

Nancy J. McCoy

Seward, Ill.

From the October 7-13, 2009 issue

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