Falmouth Fractures Fighting -Failed Wind Turbine Continue
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#1 Feb 3, 2013
Outside agitators stir anti-wind hysteria
February 02, 2013
Eric Bibler accuses me of gross lack of sympathy (Letters, Jan. 27), but someone has to speak against the anti-wind hysteria propagated by outside agitators like Bibler.
In Falmouth, it's "wind turbine syndrome." On Horseshoe Shoal it's migratory birds or whatever. Our urgent need to develop clean renewable energy technology and minimize our dependence on fossil fuels is sorely disserved by the mindless demonization of wind energy that Bibler is selling.
Falmouth selectmen were given only two options: tear down the town's two turbines or buy out the aggrieved neighbors. I advocated a buyout as the more sensible choice, spending taxpayer money to get value back as opposed to spending money just to lose money. How callous of me!
But there's a grandfathered, privately owned "industrial scale" turbine in the area, so "wind turbine syndrome" would still exist there even after a teardown.
As an elected official, my first responsibility is to the 32,000 residents of Falmouth. I must consider the town's interest as a whole, so I asked selectmen why a compromise was not on the table, replacing the town's oversized turbines with smaller, less intrusive ones. The answer, clearly, is the extremist anti-wind hysteria being spread by agitators like Bibler.
#2 Feb 3, 2013
In the words of Dr. King:
"I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds."
"An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. Let me give another explanation. A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law."
"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
Is it grandiose to compare these fervent words of Dr. King, in the midst of such an historic social upheaval, to the recent events in Falmouth which have affected hundreds, rather than millions, of people?
No one argues that the scale of these twin "injustices" is the same. But these are the same sentiments -- universal moral sentiments -- that have motivated members of the Falmouth community -- and the global community -- to speak out against the gross injustice of imposing such profound suffering and hardship on a subset of the residents in the community, against their will.
And for that reason, these words of Dr. King should be closely considered by all participants and observers of "the Falmouth Experience."
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