Wind Turbines

Dear Editor:

Not sure why I bother, as those who possess intelligence the rest of us lack will follow a murky master plan in pursuit of their own agenda anyway. As long as they have an “R” beside their names, it is all good on election day. The silent majority sometimes seems oblivious to the fact that they live in a democracy.

Nonetheless, general election and republican primary voters might consider where their choice for town supervisor stands on wind energy locally. Wind farms are great fits for industrial wastelands, abandoned oil fields and other “moonscape” locations. Those who mistakenly view Orleans County as desolate due to a shortage of neon signage may be missing something a bit more subtle.

Orleans County can continue to be a habitat diverse “Mecca” for birds and wildlife in general. But its attractiveness to wildlife—and those who appreciate such assets–can be degraded by the siting realities of industrial wind turbines. Where will turbines be sited if they have to be 1200-1500 feet from dwellings and roads? In most instances they will be erected In the middle of an existing woodlot.

John Riggi, Jim Simon and others have done a good job making the case against wind turbines in Yates. But Yates is not appreciably different from Orleans County’s other nine towns.

Will degrading much of the County’s natural environment be added to the list of mistakes that includes the sale of a Four Star County Nursing Home? The entire county is in the Atlantic Flyway. This is not fake news. In my opinion, wind “farms”—a good idea under the right circumstances—don’t belong here.

We need more decision makers who are willing to take the path of greatest resistance and are willing to fight to protect one of Orleans County’s more valuable assets.

Sincerely yours,
Gary Kent
Albion, NY

Trouble in Orleans County’s G.O.P. Paradise?

Dear Editor:

Might there be trouble in Orleans County’s G.O.P. paradise? What could he be referring to, you might ask. After all, way more than 90% of countywide offices have been held by the folks with pachyderms beside their names for the past thirty years!

Nonetheless, fault lines have emerged within G.O.P. ranks. The mere idea that the Grand Old Party’s choices for town supervisor will be determined by September 12th primary elections in at least four Orleans towns is shaking parts of the G.O.P. establishment. The nerve of some people! Normally, when the choice is between an occasional “jackass” and someone designated by an elephant, it is an easy call for many supporters of the G.O.P..

It seems that no matter how many Orleans County assets they gave away, or put at greater risk, stalwart G.O.P. legislators–especially Callard, Johnson, and Eick–were shielded by the pachyderm and re-elected. Of course the former Chairman is no longer there, having resigned under “mysterious” circumstances.

When a person with an office attempts to behave responsibly in Orleans, he, or she, risks being shown the door by the G.O.P establishment. The former G.O.P Elections Commissioner can no doubt attest to that. Hopefully, she will satisfy the establishment’s lust for payback for awhile.

Then there is that impossible to control Sheriff. The G.O.P. establishment had to swallow hard on that one. Though he is willing to work with anyone whose intentions are positive, what good is a Sheriff to the establishment if he won’t play ball with the Party hierarchy?

On top of everything else, there is the fact that the G.O.P. faithful are in the unenviable position of having to explain the actions of a President with precious little understanding of his office and even less comprehension of the United States Constitution.

There does, indeed, appear to be trouble in paradise.

Sincerely yours,
Gary Kent
Albion, NY