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12/17/2021 2:28:00 PM
Where's the grapevine?

Dear Editor;
My husband is in a coffee group. This is a popular way of connecting with friends and keeping up with local news. At a recent "coffee" the group discussed industrial turbines. Most in the group were unaware of this menace to our region.
We need our neighbors to be aware of and (hopefully) oppose these proposed wind farms for the following reasons:
-the proposed industrial sized turbines are 650' tall and would be visible from anywhere in Iowa and Lafayette Counties (
-Uplands Wind Pattern Energy plans to erect 170 turbines in Iowa and Lafayette Counties. (
-There is an array of health concerns related to living near industrial turbines (
-There is no generally recognized safe and "green" method for disposing of decommissioned turbines with most of them ending up as "landfill." (; Yahoo News 11/30/21; 2/5/2020) when researching this topic I was led to a huge number of citations.
-Recent turbine failures and fires have resulted in structural collapse and pollution from fires. (; 8/6/2019)
-There is significant light pollution in the night sky.
It is important to talk about this with your neighbors. Do we want this in our community? Use the Grapevine!!!

Jane Batha
Mineral Point, WI

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Article comment by: Mary Kay Baum

Know our Constitutions.
We and the WI Supreme Court will start seeing the latest Briefs from the redistricting case Johnson v. WI Elections Commission
The WI Constitution promises us fair redistricting. Iowa County used to be kept whole. But for ten years Rep Todd Novak has small parts of 5 different counties and parts of 18 School districts.
Look at small Green County being split into 3 different Assembly Districts and 3 different Senate Districts. What is compact and convenient about either of these above examples?
How do these examples live up to our State Constitution Article IV?
Section 4 ... the assembly shall be chosen … by single districts...such districts to be bounded by county, precinct, town or ward lines, to consist of contiguous territory and be in as compact form as practicable.
Section 5 The senators shall be elected by single districts of convenient contiguous territory…
May all voters in Fall of 2022 vote with maps that follow our state and federal constitutions and the Voter Right Act of 1965.
Let’s Zoom with WNPJ for Front line Communities Speak Out at 6 PM Jan 20th
Let’s Rally for Fair Maps on Jan 21st at noon in front of the Iowa County Courthouse and many other cities.

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