Wind opponents have been heard
To the editor:
“. . . it will be hard to erase the perception that the board isn’t interested in public input when it comes to this project. That’s been the contention all along, . . .”
Say what? Where have you been the last two years? The Antrim Select Board has consistently heard complaints, abuse, insinuation of ethical lapses, etc. at both meetings, hearings, and local media, including your paper, and has borne it all with patience. The board has consistently stated it represents what should probably be termed Antrim’s silent majority during this time.
The residents to whom you refer are a small but vocal group who have consistently, and often not respectfully, stated their opinions as demands that the Town of Antrim represent their interests and only their interests. If those opponents to the project “. . . should at least feel they’ve been heard . . .” perhaps they ought to do some listening of their own. Antrim has many more points of view and interests than only theirs, but they simply sweep those aside if they conflict with their own.
There have been petitions and straw polls expressing favor of the project as well as two failed attempts to install what many residents considered a restrictive ordinance regulating wind energy. In the words of one opponent at a town hearing: “Those don’t count.”
As for openness of the process, the opponents should thank the Select Board for involving the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. The SEC process was open and objective, in fact much more so than it would have been if kept locally since Antrim has neither the funds nor resources at the SEC’s disposal.
It is really laughable to suggest the opponents have not had their day in court. We should expect better from the Ledger-Transcript.