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April 01, 2005

Wind power has its drawbacks


To the editor:

Please allow me to share a recent correspondence that sheds light on the effects of high-mountain wind-power facilities on local residents:

I live in Tucker County, W.Va., approximately 1.5 miles from the Backbone Mountain wind turbines, and have tried everything to get used to them. A brief visit to one of the viewing areas certainly gives no true impression of what it is like to be forced to live with them.

We have now suffered for three long years under their hideous shadows. They have taken over the entire landscape and are in our sight no matter where we go, day or night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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The movement is impossible to ignore, no matter how hard we try, and the noise they make travels miles and miles down the mountains and hollows disturbing people who cannot even see them from their homes.

I compare the noise to Chinese water torture or fingernails on a chalkboard or water dripping in a pan. Even on the calmest summer nights, the endless drumming goes on - windows closed, pillows over the head - it is inescapable.

While we were led to believe this would be a clean, quiet, pristine, and environmentally friendly way to address energy problems and give a huge boost to our ailing economy, I feel we have been tricked.

There appears to be no recourse or plan to compensate us for property value losses, erosion of our quality of life or mental anguish. Besides these 44 wind turbines, thousands more are in the pipeline. God help us.

I would never sentence anyone to such an existence no matter where they live. And I cannot believe our Public Service Commission or legislators want to, either. Indeed, we have to face up to our energy situations in the United States and West Virginia, but is creating more suffering the way we want to go?

Surely, national leadership for conservation during a transition period of inventive research and expedited engineering equal to space travel, biomedical and communication technology is preferable.

West Virginia has and continues to give more than its share. I think it is time to clean up our act (creating new jobs in the process), protect what little we have left and perhaps insist on a few sacrifices, if necessary, somewhere else.

Linda Cooper, President
Citizens for Responsible Wind Power Inc.
Morgantown, W.Va.




Agency shouldn't be playing politics with taxpayer cash


To the editor:

I would like to correct a misunderstanding regarding the Motor Vehicle Administration's actions prior to my sponsorship of legislation that mandates full disclosure of information pertaining to fee or tax increases (editorial, March 24).

As you can see from the attached documents, during the past two years, the MVA sent out notices that implied the Maryland General Assembly was solely responsible for certain vehicle tax increases. It is regrettable that these notices stopped only after legislators complained about the misleading statements.

It is simply not acceptable for any state agency to engage in such deceptive practices. I strongly believe taxpayer funds should not be used to politicize state agencies. Maryland deserves better.

Kumar P. Barve
Majority Leader
Maryland House of Delegates




Good from the bad


To the editor:

I lost my mother on March 14. Thanks to everyone who came to the service. It's a shame that someone has to die, but at the same time, it's wonderful when something good comes out of it.

There were a good many family members who came to her funeral. This kind of gathering has not happened for many, many years. She gave me a last gift; she reunited me with five sisters, which hadn't happened in more than 35 years. That was very special to me. I felt like that big brother that I should have been.

Lots of time has gone by, lost time that cannot be gotten back. I was 54 years old when my mother told me that she loved me.

At first, I was in shock. And I replied, "I love you, too." And I was able to tell her that again from that time on.

We all need to stop wasting time, thinking about what we should have done yesterday or thinking about what we want to do tomorrow. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow isn't promised to you. We are living in the right now, and right now is what counts.

Tell your mother, father, children, husband, wives and a good friend that you love them. Don't wait for a holiday to tell someone you love them. You have a choice in life; use it wisely.

James Harrison Twyman Jr.
Hagerstown

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