• Wind requires human sacrifice
    June 16,2009
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    "... (S)upport proposals like the one to build wind turbines in Ira." This letter appeared in the Rutland Herald. The writer was from Newbury, not Ira.

    "Wind power is necessary to save the planet, we must make sacrifices." — public meeting in Georgia, Vermont.

    I take issue with the pronoun used in the foregoing; the speaker meant to say: "They must make sacrifices." The use of "we" was not an offer to be a sacrifice victim.

    I say we come up with a new label, to stand and face the epithet NIMBY. All those who want to Put It In Their Back Yard will now be called PITBY. This is the sacrifice code of this new cult: the victims have been chosen.

    Will they be elevated to sainthood? Or will they be compensated for their sacrifice?

    The Aztecs had similar views, that sacrifices were necessary for the maintenance of the culture, and the temples ran red with fresh blood.

    And then came the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors and sacrificed the Aztecs.

    WILLIAM ROSS

    Danby
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