There's no such thing as a dumb question, I've heard. In the news business we ask questions.
So when attending a hearing yesterday morning in Yakima about a proposal to test the Rattlesnake Hills near Sunnyside as a possible site for wind power turbines I asked questions.
The proponent of the plan is a company in Goldendale.
That's interesting, I thought, a company in Goldendale is going to pay to lease land and erect wind measuring machines.
Must be quite a company.
I asked the company's representative if they were affiliated with any other companies.
He declined to answer.
Now that got me really curious.
So I did some searching and found out that the Goldendale company is actually affiliated with French wind energy firm EnXco, which struggled mightily in Kittitas County over the issue of a proposed wind farm.
I'm not saying that lining Rattlesnake with wind towers is a good or bad thing. It might change the view, but on the other hand it would scare up some tax revenue.
What I am saying is that Yakima County officials need to ask questions. They need to get the legal description of the properties right when announcing the proposal. Which they didn't and don't intend to amend.
What I am saying is let's ask Kittitas County about its experience with EnXco.
What I am saying is that we need to ask questions as citizens.
How about a town hall with the Goldendale/French company right here in the Sunnyside area, since if wind towers are erected they will be in our back yard?
Now that might just be a good question.