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Letter to the Editor: Board of Health Postpones Turbine Health Survey

Resident Mark Cool weighs in on the Board of Health's decision to delay a survey examining the health effects of wind turbines.

 

Falmouth's community health plan: Do you cost too much to protect?

Falmouth”s Board of Health decided Monday night to hold up the board’s survey examining the health effects of wind turbines.  This position is largely due to the board’s desire to ‘wait & see’ what decision Board of Selectmen may make tonight on the future of the town owned turbines.

To wait for some hint to the direction Selectmen may choose isn’t unreasonable to me.  

What will be unreasonable however, given the overwhelming community outcry defining this problem primarily as a health problem, is whether the Board of Health will allow the 'Health Solution' to become the responsibility of some other local government body (i.e. Selectmen, Town Meeting or Voter).

If the Board of Health treads toward abdicating their jurisdictional authority, I would contend that Falmouth’s Board of Health has lost it's ability to function in it's designed capacity.  The Falmouth Board of Health would effectively, not be necessary.  A community health problem, having any municipal fiscal implications associated, would become the proprietary responsibility of the Board of Selectmen, or more likely, Town Meeting since that local legislative body holds the town’s "purse strings."

The new era of protecting community health: cost analysis first - health diagnosis (if it don't cost much) after (maybe).  Reasonable?

Mark J. Cool, Falmouth MA

robert January 31, 2013 at 02:01 PM
One would expect the BOH be the body of evidence on this subject... We wouldn't expect the plumbing inspector to to our electrical inspections now would we? We don't have our health inspector doing building inspections. Solid decision by BOS now we just need TM to be educated enough and have common sense to make their decision. Get to work Board of Health.
mark cool February 01, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I'm not sure whether the"wait & see" tactic by the health board paid dividence? Clearly, their duty to protect Falmouth residents hasn't been relieved. It's true Selectmen have provide momentum toward the solution. Yet, residents in the neighborhoods around the turbines remain at risk.. remain being made I'll.. remain without board of health protection. Planning for the long term, regarding the turbines, has been initiated by Selectmen. Good for them for carrying out the will of the people. Remembering ...great moments are born from great opportunity, Planning for the short term has suddenly become easier. Seize the moment!
mark cool February 01, 2013 at 11:44 AM
I'm not sure whether the"wait & see" tactic by the health board paid dividence? Clearly, their duty to protect Falmouth residents hasn't been relieved. It's true Selectmen have provide momentum toward the solution. Yet, residents in the neighborhoods around the turbines remain at risk.. remain being made I'll.. remain without board of health protection. Planning for the long term, regarding the turbines, has been initiated by Selectmen. Good for them for carrying out the will of the people. Remembering ...great moments are born from great opportunity, Planning for the short term has suddenly become easier. This is an opportunity for Falmouth's Board of Health ~ Seize the moment!
sue hobart February 07, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Why after 3 years of torture from these turbines would anyone be led to believe that the Falmouth Board of Hell, Oops HEALTH, would do anything responsible now? Remember when they released ALL the residents personal health complaints to the Newspaper without ever reading them? I do. Remember when Gail Harknes laughed at us when we asked why, when we never got a single response from any of our desperate complaints, we should have assumed they would end up printed on the front page of the paper? I do. Remember when she said... well everybody's read them now! I do. Remember when she showed us her gavel and told us be civil because I used to use this as a meat tenderizer? I do. How many times have they said we sympathize with you but aren't ready to make a decision on this matter yet? I do not... I have lost count on that line. The Falmouth Board of Health is either ridiculously political, arrogant as hell, or just plain stupid and incompetent. They have done nothing and will continue to do nothing. Too bad because there is a lot to be gained by listening to the turbine and health situation in Falmouth.

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