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Linda Van Art: Power line project meeting is tonight

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There will be a public forum tonight to examine the effects of the CAPX2020 power line project on western Wisconsin.

The meeting will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Centerville/Town of Trempealeau Community Center, W24854 Hwy. 54/93.

A similar meeting was held Monday in Alma, where representatives from the Rural Utility Service listened to comments from concerned citizens in our area. The Alma High School gymnasium was filled, where men, women and young people spoke or read statements. Each person received three minutes to speak.

Many people questioned why the Rural Utility Service, whose purpose is to help “improve the economy and quality of life in rural America” supports the massive CAPX project in spite of concerns about the effect of the power line on livestock, organic farms, property values, tourism, recreation, health, stray voltage, forest and wildlife.

No one testified in favor of the project except Tom Hilstrom, who hails from Minneapolis.

I encourage interested citizens to attend tonight’s meeting in Centerville. If defending the land we treasure isn’t patriotism, I don’t know what is.

Some will not want to spend the time or the energy to be involved with this controversial project. We always have the right to remain silent and allow big corporate money to talk for us.


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