The importance of compromise

Last year, a majority of Rumford voters defeated the anti-wind ordinance that was presented to them by the Board of Selectmen. Selectman Jeff Sterling took the bull by the horns after that vote and, with the support of Selectmen Brad Adley and Mark Belanger, his Compromise Wind Ordinance will appear on this year’s ballot.

Those people who turned out last year to stop the anti-wind ordinance now must turn out again to vote “yes” to adopt the Compromise Wind Ordinance. (Question 2 under Ordinances.)

The new ordinance protects the residents of the area, while allowing the wind company to complete the project. This also allows local landowners to earn money for use of their land by leasing space for a tower and/or a transmission line. Local construction jobs will be created in the short term and maintenance jobs will be permanent. The project will also provide the town with much-needed tax revenue.

I congratulate Selectmen Sterling, Adley and Belanger for finding a compromise and showing that Rumford is open for business.

Arthur Boivin, Rumford

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If Mr. Boivin understood the principles of competition, he would not be so ready to rally for wind facilities. The wind industry competes for government money along with all the other programs government pays for. Many " wind subsidies " are due for review this year and if eliminated, a downfall to the wind industry will follow and the source of perceived income for Rumford goes " Bye-Bye "
Rumford residents should be uneasy about regulations favoring wind projects. A moratorium(s) extended to the end of the year, when the picture of the future of national energy policy becomes clearer can avoid exposure to a lot of economic risk.
Wind is still in the experimental stage. Be cautious, take your time, much is still not fully understood.


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