Boone Town Councilman Andy Ball took the lead with the Boone Town Council in introducing a resolution endorsing wind power as an untapped resource for a sustainable future ... in the face of a movement in the NC General Assembly to ban any commercial development of wind power in the NC mountains.
Those General Assembly folks out to kill the future of wind power -- led by Sen. Joe Sam Queen who represents Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey counties -- are misguided. They are wrong. They have been influenced by special interests who do not want the million-dollar views from their quarter-million-dollar decks spoiled by wind turbines.
Spoilment of the view is obviously in the eye of the beholder. To me, the sight of the ASU wind turbine revolving in the moving air is sheer beauty. It's flight and freedom ... and independence from freakin' oil.
It's also the future, or at least a large part of the future. The Town of Boone, which gets nothing much from the big wigs of Watauga County but insults and contempt, deserves accolades for embracing the future and fighting for it.