Letters to the Editors

Dear Editor:

I wish to thank both the Vista newspaper and Mr. Jay McCarthy for the well-written article and report on the wind turbine meeting held Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2016.

Obviously, the subject is of great interest and sincere concern by many, many residents of the Fairfield Glade community. it is indeed, a subject that deserves not only interest, attention and concern, but in-depth investigation and research to determine just exactly how our community may be potentially affected or impacted if the proposed wind turbines are allowed to be installed. I applaud all those who have not only become actively “involved” in the matter, but those who have expressed their interest and concern.

I must confess, however, that I am a bit perplexed. The Peavine Road widening project has been “pending” for more than thirteen or fourteen years now. It is well documented that the “unsafe” state route has been the site of a great number of vehicular accidents (many of which have resulted in serious injuries), and that of several fatalities. Fact, not fiction.

Where has the outrage been? Where have these same “interested” and “concerned” residents of Fairfield Glade been? Just as importantly, where have our elected representatives of the Fairfield Glade community club board of directors been?

Why hasn’t the Fairfield Glade Wyndham resort expressed their dissatisfaction with the unsafe, unsightly and uninviting condition of the Peavine Road corridor?

Why haven’t the men and women who risk their own lives transporting our residents by ambulance in an effort to save lives, not lifted their voices in harmony to express their concern about having to travel or utilize the unsafe route?

Why have the elected officials and representatives of Cumberland County done absolutely nothing to assist in promoting the much needed road widening project? It is certainly a mystery to me.

I guess that making the matter the brunt of an ongoing joke, a source of amusement or humor, is much easier than expressing concern or actually “getting involved”.

Thank goodness for good folks like Cathy Tipton and the Friends of Peavine, for investing their time, energy and interest, by actually getting involved on behalf of our community. Bravo!

Shame on the state of Tennessee, Governor Haslam and TDOT Commission Schroer for risking our lives, and that of our countless welcomed guests and visitors, through their continued in-action and perpetual procrastination.

For ALL those who just can’t be bothered to be concerned or get involved…including, our Governor…perhaps you can express your sympathy of the next person that is killed on the unsafe Peavine Road corridor

All lives matter!

Ray Carpenter

Fairfield Glade

 

Dear Editor:

The cost of wind energy is significantly more expensive than its advocates pretend and hurts the environment.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA), states that onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of power – more competitive than nuclear, coal or hydro, and a lot more than solar.

But when you take into account the true costs of wind, it’s around 48 per cent more expensive than the industry’s official estimates – according to new research conducted by Utah State University.

“In a study, referred to the ‘true cost’ of wind as the price tag consumers and society as a whole pay both to purchase wind-generated electricity and to subsidize the wind energy industry through taxes and government debt,” said Ryan Yonk Ph.D. “After examining all of these cost factors and carefully reviewing existing cost estimates, they were able to better understand how much higher the cost is for Americans.”

The peer-reviewed report accounted for the following factors:

• The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), a crucial subsidy for wind producers, has distorted the energy market by artificially lowering the cost of expensive technologies and directing taxpayer money to the wind industry.

• States have enacted Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that requires utilities to purchase electricity produced from renewable sources, which drives up the cost of electricity for consumers.

• Because wind resources are often located far from existing transmission lines, expanding the grid is expensive, and the costs are passed on to taxpayers and consumers.

• Conventional generators must be kept on call as backup to meet demand when wind is unable to do so, driving up the cost of electricity for consumers.

Among the factors wind advocates fail to acknowledge, the report shows, is the “opportunity cost” of the massive subsidies which taxpayers are forced to provide in order to persuade producers to indulge in this otherwise grotesquely inefficient and largely pointless form of power generation.

In the US this amounts to an annual $5 billion per year in Production Tax Credits (PTC). Here is money that could have been spent on education, healthcare, defense or, reduced taxes to the public.

Hence the observation of serial wind energy “investor” Warren Buffett, who says: “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”

Other problems with Wind Energy

• Kills bats who reduce insect populations, birds, including birds of prey (Eagles)

• Produce energy so intermittent that it is often unavailable when needed most (on very hot or very cold days when demand for air-conditioning or heating is high) and only too available on other occasions when a glut means that wind producers actually have to pay utilities to accept their unwanted energy.

• Reported health problems from people living 4 to 6 miles from the  wind turbines

• The environmental blight caused to the landscape done to undeveloped lands.

Information from Utah state and Breitbart News

Bob Terraforte

Fairfield Glade 

 

Dear Editor:

It’s good news when fewer children in the world are dying from preventable or treatable causes, as illustrated by data released by UNICEF.

Sadly, though, it is still the case that 5.9 million children die before turning five, from causes that are mostly preventable. We are allowing far to many children die needlessly.

Now, however, we have the power to do something about it via the bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1911, H.R. 3706).

The Reach Act will enshrine important reforms into law so that USAID, our main development agency, is more efficient and effective. What’s more, the Reach Act will accomplish all this at no extra cost to taxpayers.

This legislation has robust cosponsorship and now needs to be moved forward by congressional leadership. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations need to act now and take up the Reach Act.

Over 25 leading organizations are  supporting the Reach American Academy of Pediatrics, faith-based organizations like the United Church of Christ, and humanitarian organizations like CARE and Save the Children. Interest in this legislation is significant.

The time is now. Action is needed.  We need the political will !!

Donald Clark

Fairfield Glade