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Apples to oranges

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I take issue with the front-page article comparing the Kendall Energy Center in Minooka with the proposed power plant in Oakwood Hills.

The headline read, “Minooka OK with existing plant.” Apparently you don’t hear a peep out of the residents. A little research trip to Minooka explained why. There are no people to care.

The Kendall Energy Center is completely surrounded by farmland and cornstalks. It is so isolated and out of the way that asking for directions drew blank stares from people in the local businesses. There are no schools and no homes. In fact, this is a totally undeveloped area with country roads providing the only access.

But there is a second reason why Minooka is OK with this. Because it is an appropriate setting for an industrial complex of this nature. Should those cornstalks turn into subdivisions someday, the residents can choose if they want to live next to a power plant, gamble with their home values and deal with the eyesore and the daily whir of the turbine engines. This is not the case with the residents of Oakwood Hills, who had the energy center thrust upon them with little notice.

Comparing the Kendall Energy Center to the Oakwood Hills plant is comparing apples to oranges. To all the residents who don’t want to live by power plants, the fruit is rotten anyway you look at it.

Marcia Millman

Crystal Lake

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