Readers’ Opinions, 11-22-2013

Commitment

Editor:

When I decided to run for a Meriden City Council At-Large position this year, I had no idea of the impact it would have on my life. The encouragement and loyalty of my longtime friends, and so many new friends who I met during my campaign, made an impact on me that I will never forget.

Those who know me realize that I never enter a contest to lose. If you are going to keep score, I want to win. But in this campaign I learned there was another factor to consider.

That factor is commitment. The selfless dedication of family and friends is the greatest gift anyone can have and, in my case, it came to me in buckets. I have been humbled by this rewarding experience.

Thank you, Guy and Al, for the countless hours that you devoted to advising me and keeping me focused. Thank you to my family and campaign committee for your boundless energy and enthusiasm. Thank you to so many other Meriden residents for your support, words of encouragement and your confidence to honor me with your vote on Election Day. I feel very privileged to be one of your city councilors.

Lenny Rich, Meriden

Winds of change

Editor:

Once again, the Connecticut Siting Council has disregarded the call of residents, the Council of Small Towns, sound scientists, and many other experts all who have called for placement of industrial wind turbines in sensible places.

They have resubmitted to the Regulations Review Committee for its November 26th meeting, its suggested wind turbine regulations with only minimal changes after multiple prior rejections by the Committee. The council is tone deaf when it comes to the rights of this state’s residents.

Certainly, placement of 500-foot tall wind turbines 750 feet from a home, as the council’s regulations allow is an insult to hard-working, freedom-loving Connecticut homeowners.

Very clear research has shown that a minimum setback of no less than 3,000 feet is required to ensure safe placement of these turbines so as not to disturb the health and quality of living for residents within that distance.

This was the standard of care established by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council’s 2007 report “Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy Projects.”

If the longest standing research institution, created just after the civil war came to these findings, it is astounding that the siting council would suggest such inadequate setback standards.

The Siting Council may not be listening, but the residents are watching. Stay tuned.

Tim Reilly, Prospect



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