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Letter: On Northern Pass, a visitor’s perspective


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I have followed with interest the Northern Pass controversy for seven years. I live in Vermont, so this isn’t a NIMBY issue for me. However, I consider New Hampshire a second home. Over the past 35 years, I have spent tens of thousands of tourist dollars in your state. I have skied, hiked, camped, kayaked, and have stayed in your motels, inns, and campgrounds. I have also spent money in your restaurants, general stores, and various attractions.

I have also visited Radisson in northern Quebec – the “headwaters” of the Hydro Quebec power grid at James Bay. I have seen the 135-plus-foot megatowers and the large swath of land needed to accommodate them. They dwarf standard utility towers and are ugly – a blight on the land. Horrible!

Dismiss me as being “from away,” but I will not return to New Hampshire to recreate. If I want to see industrial infrastructure, I can vacation in New Jersey. I also guarantee your state tourism dollars will diminish, which will have a cascading negative effect on the economy and people of New Hampshire.

Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish.

Peter Bosco

Shaftsbury, Vt.