To the Editor:
If the powers that be (government agencies, Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Health, etc.) really wanted to know how people felt about industrial wind turbines (IWTs), don’t you think they should ask the people who are most impacted by them? Like the folks who are forced to live under these ungodly monsters?
Don’t you think if they really wanted to know what the effects are from living too close to IWTs that they would fund some research or get the information first hand? Like -- I’ll say this one more time -- from the people who are forced to live under them?
Ask me. I’m one of them, and I’ll tell you what it’s like. It is hell. I have headaches whenever I stay at home and my wife’s ears ring around the clock. It’s like living next to an airport and the planes never land, nor do they ever go away. Yes, sometimes it’s not quite as loud as others. That’s when the wind hits your house before the turbines. But when it is the other way around and the wind is coming off those turbines toward you house, look out: Constant and unending bombardment, day and night. I’m about 1/2 mile away from the closest 340-foot turbine (one of 19, called the Hoosac Wind Project) and this is my take on it.
It turns your life upside down and you don’t know where to go, where to go to get some sleep, where to go to get help, where to go to live or what to do next. If you love your home like I did, your dream is gone!
My peaceful world of 29 years is gone. My hope and desire for this to be a place of solitude for my grandkids and their grandkids is gone. My thoughts of spending the rest of my days and having my ashes scattered in my own backyard are gone. My right to the "pursuit of happiness" is gone. Because how can I pursue happiness if I cannot feel my family is safe in their own home? This is how I feel about industrial wind power, and I tell you firsthand, it is not a good place to be. If you would like to learn more about IWTs or my world, go to hoosacwindproject.com.