Readers’ Views

Junking up the land

To the Editor:

A short introduction of the author — my Martin County roots go very deep. My grandfather, Herman Rosenberg, came to this county in the early 1880s at 4 years old with his family. My farm is within a mile of the first Martin County homestead site.

I am a 79-year-old senior citizen and have lived in this county the entire time, except for a tour of duty in the military. My wife and I are both handicapped — “life support” would be a better definition. In my lifetime, I have seen a good deal of evolution, most very positive. Unfortunately, I am rather troubled lately.

Can you imagine how pristine this area must have looked even 25 years after early settlers came? For the most part, except for a topic that will follow, land husbandry has been pretty kind for the most part.

How sad it is to see the fields of “windmills” destroying the beauty of our world. In my opinion (and through research), there is little need for these eyesores in our world. Big Business has moved in, dangled a carrot to farmers for windmill sites so distant power companies can serve distant areas. Warren Buffet will do fine, owning the transmission lines, and, in turn, our county will look more like a junk yard than it already does.

Our electricity price has doubled because of these mills, and land price could suffer. Wind turbines are only, at best, 35 percent efficient. What about the 500 yards of cement it takes to stand a tower? Township roads will suffer, not to mention the lifestyle of folks who live near them.

Since this old red neck has been victimized along with about 70 other rural taxpayers this year, my confidence in our local officials is low. Why are they promoting these units?

Gerald Rosenberg


Group offers thanks

To the Editor:

Second Chances wishes to thank the Martin County Area Foundation for its generous grant in the amount of $1,857.25 to build a deck outside our group home in Granada.

We would also like to thank Eunoia Family Services for its donation of $100 to assist in the cost of construction.

Brenda Duncan,

program director

Second Chances