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Astonished that new wind farm nears approval

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I am so utterly astonished that yet another zoning board (Lee County) is probably going to allow Mainstream Renewable Power to destroy more lives.

What is it that they can't seem to grasp about proven damage to homeowners' health and peace of mind, property, property values, wildlife, and domestic life? 

Haven't they read when brave individuals come forward to tell their stories of how drastically their lives changed when those monstrosities began to turn?

I pray that when the members of the zoning panel open their windows at night to breathe the fresh spring air and listen to the night sounds, they will think back about the people who won't be able to do that, thanks to them. Of course, in their superior understanding of what's good for the masses, they won't consider the cost to those of lesser numbers.

Why is it that they believe the wind companies, which have unlimited funds compliments of the taxpayers, and not the expert testimonies of appraisers who say property values can drop as much as 40 percent?

Is it because they live far enough away that they won't be affected? How can they hold their heads up when they are hurting so many?

Let's beat a dead horse: slaughter of birds and bats; ice throw up to 1,500 feet; loss of the enjoyment of one's home; headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, feeling anxious; loss of property value; possible damage to the water we drink because of rusting of rebar; and deterioration of concrete used to stabilize them (even though Mr. John Martin of Mainstream assured me the rebar has a “special” coating that won't allow for rusting). Water wears down solid rock, but won't wear down that “special” coating.

We've lost so many freedoms; now, we've lost our only refuge – our homes.

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