Letters to the Editor 08-11-17

TOO MANY QUESTIONS
I am a rural resident in Sen. Cliff Hite’s district, and many people are not happy about wind turbines.
When one cites a $4 billion investment, who owns that capital, the citizens or the wind developers? Are they taxed on that capital the same as the residents when they improve their property?
Who is more connected to major lobbyists and special interests, wind developers or Ohio’s rural citizens? Is wind power safe?
Considering that turbine manufacturers recommend a safety setback of 1,300 feet for their own technicians, it appears that 1,125 feet is a less restrictive setback than what is recommended by experts. What about the “blade throw” that happened in Paulding County just a few years ago?
Is it going to take someone getting seriously hurt before we understand turbines should always be sited to a property line, rather than someone’s home?
What about the immense amount of rare earth metals that have to be mined for the components to construct a turbine? What about the transport, fabrication, and construction of a turbine that puts it in a negative carbon footprint from the onset? Has anyone ever seen a turbine construction site, where they blast major holes in the ground and pour a minimum of 600 yards of concrete in the base to support an averaged sized 450-foot turbine?
Not quite as “clean” as it appears.
What about the immense amount of tax relief wind developers get on the backs of every single tax and electric ratepayer? What about how the production tax credit, renewable energy credits, renewable portfolio standards, investment tax credits, and payment in lieu of taxes work?
All of these things hurt taxpayers and consumers, and it is not cost-effective. Does reliability and grid stability matter?
Sen. Hite wants to site a turbine 1,125 feet to my house, not my property line. That violates my property rights.
Is it all right to extend a safety setback onto my property, where my three children play in my yard and swim in my pond? That puts my children in danger.
I have property rights, too, from my property line on!
Jeremy Kitson
Wren

RENTING MAKES MORE SENSE
I understand the need for expanding the county jail, but I question the plan to build new county offices.
The proposed new office building is estimated to cost $5 to $10 million, to save $4.4 million in rent over 20 years. The savings in rent would not break even in 20 years or maybe even 40 years.
This would not be a good use of taxpayer money.
It makes more sense to pay rent for a long time than to overpay for new offices.
John Murray
rural Findlay



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