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Letter: DeKalb County wind farm regulations a good civics lesson

To the Editor:

The passage of wind farm regulations by the DeKalb County Board continues to be discussed.

One tried and true means of understanding political events is to “follow the money.” In this case, the level of indignation on the part of some would appear to be in direct proportion to financial gain they had anticipated.

To be fair, some additional jobs and tax revenues would have been gained, but these would have been realized at the expense of those living adjacent to the development. To hear the lamentations of the developers about lost tax revenues one would think their position to be fueled by pure altruism.  

This skeptic writer would advise not drinking too much from that profit motive drink box. 

Is it not an honest observation that a wind turbine is about as attractive as an oil derrick and that living near a host of these grumbling monsters is no picnic?

These days the average citizen usually gets ploughed under by lobbying and advertising disguised as social messaging, but in this case good old grassroots democracy actually won out.

County Board members deserve praise for listening to voices of their constituency. Those who complain about the outcome need to be thankful for the civics lesson.

George Kuehn

Maple Park

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