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Letters to the Editor

Letter: My position on wind farms in DeKalb County

To the Editor:

With global climate change rapidly increasing each year, we desperately need to combat its effects.

Every year we see our winters getting more snow or lower temperatures and every summer we see our temperatures getting even higher.  

When I was in college at Northern Illinois University, a biology professor told me that with global climate change you observe for extremes, not rising temperatures. Extremes are caused by overall rise in temperature, but we don’t necessarily see it in our weather patterns.

At this point, I don’t see how anybody can deny the effects climate change have on our county, let alone the economic effects climate change has.  

Climate change has a snowball effect that not only affects our income, it also affects the state of our county.

Farmers have been yielding less crop each year thus giving our county less and less revenue. Without the revenue, you can see our county roads deteriorating.

Without money to repair our roads, our vehicles must endure the damage caused by potholes and unsafe roads.

With the damage to our vehicles, we must repair them to keep traveling. Thus, costing us more money.

Without the revenue coming from our main source of farming, we must rely on other sources of revenue which are slowly fading. Our jobs are slowly traveling overseas because labor is cheaper, and the CEOs of our corporations are making more money. Without our residents having employment with benefits, our county will slowly degrade into nothing less than a wasteland of unemployment.

With wind farms we can start to reduce the effects of global climate change. As a known fact, fossil fuels are a big contributor to the thinning of the ozone layer, accelerating climate change.

Wind farms can start to reverse these effects and create jobs.

Genesis 2:15 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” This is exactly what we need to do, keep it.

As the residents of DeKalb County, we need to be the leaders in saving our planet. In 20 years, do we not want the people of the earth to look at DeKalb County as leading the way in reforming our planet?

John “J.J.” Wett

Democrat for County Board District 2

Genoa

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