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Windmills’ legacy in Cape Vincent


I have been living in Cape Vincent for almost 18 years now. I moved here because I thought the Cape was beautiful, the fishing was great and, most of all, the people. It seemed as though I was stepping back in time. I had been living in the city for 18 years and forgotten what it was like living in a small town. The day I moved in, the neighbor came over with a salad just to be nice. I remember asking her what she wanted, being used to living in the city. I thought then what better place to call home.

Now after going through many different issues including the village park, we come to the windmills. They have put neighbor against neighbor and removed our town government. Now, what we are left with are people, both pro and anti, who hate each other because of them. I at first thought the windmills were the problem, but I think I’m wrong. The problem is not the windmills, but the people.

God refers to people sometimes as sheep, or lambs to the slaughter. Get one sheep to go and the rest will follow. Seems to me that’s us here in Cape Vincent. The slaughter being the ruin of the town I love so much. You can call this whatever you want. I’m not trying to sell you on God or windmills, even though the natural laws God put here will never change.

If we have windmills or not, is not the question. The question is how will you feel about yourself when this is all done, windmills or not? When this is all over, your neighbor will still be there. Will you speak with him/her or will you walk on the other side of the street? Only you have that answer.

We can only do this as a community. If we fail, Cape Vincent will still go on, but we will have the burden of what Cape Vincent turns into. What would you prefer your legacy to be? Are you pro-Cape or pro-you?

Dennis Pearson

Cape Vincent

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