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Letter: Insulting Rowe

I write this in response to the recent article “Rowe solar farm unlikely to see light of day,” specifically the comments made by Attorney Kevin Parsons. I take offense with what he wrote and seriously question his continued involvement in the process, as he apparently knows so little about our town.

When the solar bylaw was passed in Rowe, I served not only as a selectman, but as a member of the Energy Committee that was proposing it, so I write with knowledge of the subject. Even though it only took an hour to approve it at town meeting, the Energy Committee spent over a year fine-tuning and reviewing it, to ensure that it was appropriate for our town and did not leave us vulnerable.

The bylaw was not just introduced to join Green Communities — it was brought about to ensure that IF someone wanted to build a solar array of that size in town, Rowe would have a proper procedure to follow and rules to protect us. It did NOT give carte blanche for solar companies to come in and put one wherever they want without question.

The implication that refusing to approve this project means that Rowe is unfit to be a Green Community is absolutely insulting and downright offensive. Rowe has a history of efforts to conserve and produce cleaner energy, such as the energy savings project (which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars) and the installation of a large solar array at our school.

To believe and imply that people voting to allow a project to be proposed is the same as approving any project is simply wrong. If you can’t tell the difference, then perhaps Rowe is NOT the place for you.

PAUL MCLATCHY III

Rowe

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