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It’s time for Lordstown leaders to report the facts on turbines

Published: Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

It’s time for Lordstown leaders to report the facts on turbines

At about this time last year, the village of Lordstown installed two Bergey wind turbines at a cost of $131,700. This was done despite detailed information showing that the turbines would not produce enough electricity in their entire functional lives to repay the investment, not even close. I will gladly re-submit the analysis to anyone interested.

To my knowledge, the only reason Lordstown council made this “investment” was that $118,000 of the $131,700 came from the federal and state governments, offsetting the investment loss.

Some months ago there was an indication that the wind turbines might not be putting out the amount of electricity that was expected, but when this was discussed in The Vindicator, some people suggested that we should wait for a full year to measure the actual annual output of the wind turbines, before we passed judgment.

The year is now up. Who is going to report to us exactly how many kilowatt-hours of electricity the Lordstown turbines managed to produce during their first year of operation?

I think we deserve to know exactly what our money bought us.

Jerry Graf, Berlin Center

No honor in a food-stamp society

Recent comments made about President Obama by Jesse Jackson should be regarded as distasteful. Jackson said that (referring to President Obama) “it’s an honor to be a food stamp president.” Jackson then listed all the great things food stamps do for the country. He noted that food stamps feed the children, help the farmers, and even went as far as to say that food stamps hire people. The comments made by Jackson represent an America that has given up all hope in conservative ideals. The notion that success in this country is through individual effort, rather than government-subsidized entitlement programs, is dying in this country. People should ask not what their country can do for them but rather what they can do to better themselves.

President Obama has added more than 10 million Americans to the food stamp rolls over the last three years. Unlike Jackson I feel there is nothing honorable about it. In fact it’s backwards thinking as if food stamps will jump-start the economy that got us into the economic climate that we have today.

Samuel J. Myers, Canfield


1redvert(2007 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder who these food stamp recipients will vote for?

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2Education_Voter(816 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

That attitude thrives with the social security/medicare recipients.

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3commoncitizen(949 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Education-, Not sure where you are coming from with that response. People on SS/medicare paid into those programs to get what they are receiving. On the other hand people on SSI probably did not (and should not )be getting anything unless they are completly unable to work.
How about the woman in Michigan that won a 1 million dollar lottery and still collected food stamps???

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4Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

there was a reason that at one time government left it to the church to provide aid to the need. Government has shown that it cant hand being the one to determine who is in need and who is just a peace of crap that doesn't want to work

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5tomee(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The mayor reported that electrical bills that spanned mid-April through early June for both 2010 and 2011 dropped from $1,935 to $1,483. That would reflect a 23 percent decrease for the administration building, which is served by the turbines.
At other village buildings not served by the turbines, the electrical cost increased for this same period of time
this was reported in the Tribune last October

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6Jerry(445 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

That's a pretty miniscule savings compared to the $131,700 investment; but it is meaningless considering any number of things can affect an electric bill. When this came out last year,some people indicated that we should wait for an entire year of results.

I would like to know the exact amount of Kilowatt-hours (KWh) produced for the entire year. A KWh is worth about $0.05 on the wholesale market (annual average), and between $0.09 and $0.11 to the end user. The exact amount of energy produced will tell us the value returned.

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7VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

There is no energy solving silver bullet in America right now, and there will not be one in the next 20 to 40 years, at least. Coal, petroleum, hydro and nuclear continue to be our best sources of efficent energy at this time, but various special interests and governments are doing a good job in shutting down those energy sources one by one. Soon, we will be faced with a massive demand from our energy grid, with little or no back-up available. Then we will crash. And that crash will be massive.

I don't know how many people have noticed this, but more and more people are getting prepared and are installing home power generation equipment for emergencies. This in itself is a very telling statistic.

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