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Opinion

April 7, 2014

In Our Opinion: NIMBY attitudes won't solve our problems

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Regarding Richfield, state Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio in January annulled a special-use permit by developers who wanted to bracket U.S. Route 20 with six large turbines. The ruling basically stated that the wind farm would negatively impact the land parcels of adjacent homeowners.

Opponents of the project have argued the machines would be noisy, produce potentially health-threatening shadow flicker and mar the rural landscape.

We could take issue with at least some of those assertions, but we understand why residents might not want anything that might lower their property values or disturb their peace.

Still, the benefit of cleaner air from wind farms is undeniable. We wish our area could make a meaningful contribution to it.

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