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Falmouth Enterprise: “Vote Yes on 2”

May 9, 2013

The Falmouth Enterprise editorial of May 7, 2013 endorses Question 2. Here are excerpts:

It is unfortunate that what began as such a noble cause has unfolded as a monumental error. Falmouth was among the leaders of communities with vision when it took advantage of state and federal incentives to buy and erect turbines in West Falmouth.

But as we all know, that noble endeavor has had a terrible side effect; it has rendered life almost unbearable-outright unbearable-for many of those who live nearby. In two weeks, voters will have the opportunity to follow the selectmen’s lead and put the town on a path to setting things right. We hope voters will approve Question Two by a large margin.

At stake here is Falmouth’s self-image as a community that cares. This is no small thing. Falmouth has long been a community of neighbor helping neighbor.

There will be a price tag to removing the turbines. But when has Falmouth ever said “no” to bringing relief to fellow residents?

There will be some who decry the expense as another bungled municipal project. They will be wrong. Installing turbines was right but the site was wrong and no one knew that at the time.

There will be many who believe that taking down the turbines will be a step backward in the effort to develop clean energy and lower our carbon footprint.

We don’t think so. As long as the turbines stand, they will hold captive the attention of policy makers and sap the will of the community to move forward with other renewable energy and energy conservation projects. The turbines need to come down so Falmouth can move forward.

What is not arguable is that the lives of some number of people living around the turbines have been made miserable. It’s time to move deliberately forward and bring them relief.

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  1. June 17, 2013 9:26 am

    And the winner is….FALMOUTH DOESN’T CARE ABOUT ITS VICTIMS! HELLO AMERICA, GOODBYE QUALITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTION FOR ALL… WE WANT OUR MONEY!

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