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Context missing from Scituate turbine story

Once again, writing about the wind turbine in Scituate (and perhaps with regard to other towns as well) leads a reader to believe that a minority of residents supports the continued functioning of wind turbines (“Scituate wind turbine prevails in narrow vote,” April 14, Globe South).

The specific case in point is the vote taken at the Scituate annual Town Meeting: 132 voted for the turbine and 118 voted against.

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A major issue is that this was the second night of the annual Town Meeting, and attendance was perhaps one-half of what it was on the first night.

I suspect that had the vote been taken on the first night, it very well might have been 382 (based on my estimate of attendance) for the turbine and 118 against.

I am reasonably sure that the people who advocated for shutting down the turbine, aware that their Town Meeting warrant article was to be discussed on that second night, turned out again in full force, while the vast majority (if not all) of those who did not attend the second night were of a positive inclination.

What was missing from the Globe South story was the real context, which would certainly have noted the attendance difference between first and second night.


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