2014-08-07 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I recently received a piece of junk mail from Americans for Prosperity. It said, in small print, that the republican legislature in Lansing had siphoned off tax money meant for fixing roads and used it for their pet projects and it said, in very large print, that John Kivela had voted to raise taxes to fix the roads.

It didn’t say who to vote for or against because if they did that bad IRS would do their job and take away their tax exempt status for being political and not being a social welfare organization. They didn’t even say to call your Republican senator and tell him to not siphon off any more highway money.

Instead, they said to call Kivela and tell him we don’t want our roads fixed if you have to raise taxes.

Their thinking, it seems to me, is a bit incongruous at the least, but probably disingenuous, but if they can fool enough people in to thinking Kivela is the bad guy they’ll achieve their objective.

It’s disappointing enough that people like the Kochs can influence legislation in Washington, but now they’re meddling in local politics where money like the Koch’s can have a major impact. And, remember, they are a social welfare organization so, IRS, keep your hand off!

Jude Collins

Manistique

Dear Editor,

Migrating birds, bats, and eagles are part of the wildlife that depend on this narrow strip of land along Big Bay de Noc. Scott Hicks, field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service recommends:

Based on the data currently available, we must once again recommend that you not construct a commercial wind energy development on the Garden Peninsula, because of the high potential for avian mortalities and violations of Federal wildlife laws. Since 2007, our office has expressed significant concerns with this project. Our concerns are based on several factors, including the proximity of the project to a Great Lakes shoreline and Big Bay de Noc, the proximity of the project to adjacent wetland habitats, and the fact that this peninsula will tend to funnel avian migrants and serve as a point of departure or arrival for birds crossing Lake Michigan.

Here on the Peninsula, we have all noticed the extreme reduction in the bat population and the dramatic increase in mosquitoes. Some residents have attributed the reduced bat population to white-nose fungus. But scientists who spoke to the Detroit Free Press as recently as April 11 of this year report that no die-offs due the fungus have occurred yet (although they are expected next year, worsening the problem).

So, what’s killing the bats? Discovery News reports:

“Researchers have found the cause behind mysterious bat deaths near wind turbines, in which many bat carcasses appeared uninjured. The explanation to this puzzle is that the bats’ lungs effectively blow up from the rapid pressure drop that occurs as air flows over the turbine blades.”

These bat deaths are not some minor phenomenon.

They contribute to “the sixth mass extinction in the planet’s history,” according to the world’s most prestigious scientific journal, Science, in a series of scientific studies released July 28, 2014.

In the midst of a mass extinction, should we fill an essential migratory highway with what Smithsonian calls “Bird Death Traps?”

Our children’s future depends on our care of our small planet. Are we doing our part when we trade 20 years of expensive, unreliable energy for contributing to extinction of migratory birds, eagles and local bats?

Please encourage the Delta Country Planning Commission and Township Trustees to do their part in protecting our children’s future by enacting ordinances for wind turbines that follow scientific environmental recommendations – and federal law.

Susan Mueller

Garden Peninsula

Dear Editor,

We own and operate a crop farm and also have beef cattle in Cooks. Yes, we also love the beauty of our land, key word our land!

No one checks and looks at our land more than Dave, but now with that said, wouldn’t you rather have a wind turbine over a nuclear plant that puts nuclear waste in our creeks and streams? We live in an agriculture zone, to live or move here you kind of have to adapt to the agriculture around you.

Michigan is zoned as a right to farm. If we choose to put a windmill on our private land on our farm and it’s not illegal, and follows guidelines – we should be able to do so.

We are not going to become instantly rich or millionaires like we heard from other people. But with farming the way it is, and so many farms going under, and a lot less family farms than there used to be, why can’t we make a little revenue and at least have a little help paying the taxes that we have been paying for 30 plus years?

This is what we do with the land; it is our lively hood, why don’t we have the right? Also the windmill would be a boost to our community.

If you don’t want it, don’t sign up, simply. Check out the cancer rate maps in prevalence to the location of nuclear energy facilities, the American Cancer Society supplies these maps on cancer rates, where there is a nuclear plant; cancer rate is at the highest rate, where there is a windmill it is at the lowest to none.

In 2015, Michigan is requiring ten percent of its energy coming from windmills and going up from there. Everyone that is so worried about the beauty of our land, are not out there all hours of the day and night, worried about rain, sun and wind, wildlife, but this is our life and our choice, yes we miss a lot of things, fairs, weddings, funerals, graduations, etc., because of this land, but it is ours and our choice!

There are also many myths about the windmills. No Heritage didn’t sneak up here in the middle of the night and have secret meetings, a few years back they had a meeting here in Manistique and six people showed up.

And, yes, we had a lawyer go over our lease and every other farmer we talked to did the same thing, and it also states for some reason the windmill doesn’t work out they would take it down and put your land back in the same condition prior to the windmill.

Each windmill cost $2.5 million dollars; I really doubt they would leave it there to rot. The copper on the top is worth a million in itself, also that would be great if they did, can you imagine the scrap metal?

Wind power can last forever, no pollution, safe – no gases, clean energy, does not crack foundations, blades don’t fly off, the common house cat kills more birds, and no, they don’t attract aliens.

Also there would be possibly 10-14 of these windmills, and they would be put in the agriculture area, not down in the village of Cooks ... It’s our land and it should be our choice.

Darcy Robere

Cooks

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