"Oh beautiful for spacious skies... " What a perfect Kodak moment! As I drove into town to my off the farm job, I was so lucky to witness yet another of Mother Nature's magic moments. I am so grateful that I was born and raised and returned back to our old family farm located in North Central Kansas. Most of you already know from geography class, that puts me on the western edge of that grand land many of us call Mayberry. Watching Mother Nature produce some of the most breathtaking artwork is one of the many perks of living out here, in the "boonies". I am so very blessed.
It's just too bad the next time many of us will see this spectacular and rare sight, the pasture fence will most likely be upstaged by 150'-200' tall, steel lattice poles with high voltage transmission lines carrying 3x the power of Hoover Dam from one end of our great state to the other and into our just as great, neighboring states. And they will stand there for--"FOREVER"!
We are assured they will be carrying all this clean? green energy which will be carried “out," not in or throughout our state. But we needn't worry, the company tells us. All is well, even though a project of this magnitude has never been built before and this company has never built a high voltage transmission line of any size.
The company and their expert witnesses assure us that we are in good hands, all is safe, there are no dangers, for "forever" and ever. Our children's grandchildren will just be fine, don't worry. They may never get to see or even know what an eagle is, nor the family farm. But what's a few sacrifices, for the greater good?
While I have spent many hours reading, re-reading, researching, searching for truth, there's still one problem I can't quite figure out in all of this. Exactly what is the "greater good" or maybe I should ask, for whom is this greater good? I'm certain Eminent Domain will let me know soon enough. Let's hope by then, it's not too late!