Letter: So Much for “View-Shed” Issue Being Moot Point

Wind turbine in Garrison (Photo by Robert Raniolo)

Wind turbine in Garrison (Photo by Robert Raniolo)

Given that your May 10, 2013 article informed that some perceived the “view-shed” issue related to the erection of James Gleick’s wind turbine to be a moot point, I thought that you would find the picture below of same, taken this month from my Highland Falls, N.Y., residence, to be of interest.

Believe me when I inform that it does not take a sharp eye to notice this structure from my side of the Hudson River. I view it as a blight upon the Hudson Highlands and Hudson River landscape.

Robert Raniolo
Highland Falls


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2 thoughts on “Letter: So Much for “View-Shed” Issue Being Moot Point

  1. I’m intrigued to see the photo of my house and wind turbine, provided to you by Robert Raniolo, evidently taken from the far side of the Hudson River with the help of a powerful telephoto lens. The turbine looks rather nice, I think. Since Mr. Raniolo disagrees, perhaps he should use less magnification.

  2. James, I agree wholeheartedly. I really don’t understand the fuss about the aesthetic pollution of windmills. Aesthetically, I think they are functionally elegant. I’d much rather see 100 windmills on a hillside than 100 hideous McMansions (your windmill is much lovelier than your house, by the way). The sound pollution may indeed be an issue, I don’t know, but I’ll never understand the petty view-shed complaints. And this one from all the way across the Hudson is indeed p-e-t-t-y!