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January 2015

Self Reliance by Ralph

Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance is an essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson’s most famous quotations: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” From 1836 into 1837, Emerson presented a series of lectures on the philosophy of history at Boston’s Masonic Temple. These lectures were never published separately, but many of his thoughts in these were later used in Self-Reliance and several other essays. Later lectures by Emerson led to public censure of his radical views, the staunch defense of individualism in “Self-Reliance” being a possible reaction to that censure. Self-Reliance was first published in his 1841 collection, Essays: First Series Souce: Wikipedia bivouac education brutes fortune chances hobgoblin conventional nonconformist cultivation reverie destiny solitude discontent virtues eclat “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Historic light station information – North Carolina Bodie Island Lighthouse: 1847 – The contractor on the first project was Mr. Francis Gibbons, of Baltimore, who would later become a prominent lighthouse builder on the West Coast. Cost was $5,000 but problems with location and design of the tower caused a ten year delay in construction. The tower was highly unstable and soon after it was completed, it began to lean toward the sea. 1859 – The Bodie Island Lighthouse had deteriorated and the Lighthouse Board secured a $25,000 appropriation from Congress to erect a new tower. This new tower was 80 ft (24 m). and its lantern was a third-order Fresnel lens. 1861 – In the fall of 1861, Confederate troops stacked explosives inside the tower and blew it apart. 1871 – A third lighthouse was completed in 1871 partially with material left over from construction of a new tower at Cape Hatteras. The tower was 156 ft (48 m). with a first order Fresnel lens that made its light visible for 18 nautical miles (33 km). The Bodie tower is painted with white and black horizontal bands. --United States Coast Guard 4 Albemarle Tradewinds January 2015

Wind Mill Farms Pro and Cons by John Woodard A meeting was held in Edenton on Nov 22 in order that local citizens will understand the benefits, or detriments, to the community regarding wind farms. The meeting included a 2 hr. video and the moderator was John Droz of Morehead City, who is a retired Physicist and Environmental Advocate. He has been retired from the General Electric Aerospace Engineering Division located in Utica NY, for 30 yrs. and undertook this project on his own and at his expense without contributions from any outside entity. As he stated, he wants the decisions about whether communities agree, or disagree with this project, to fully understand the science and arguments, for and against. In N C, the beginnings of this process originated with Senate Bill, SB 3 during the Perdue administration when her party was in control of the House and Senate. When the legislature changed to Republican control of both chambers, House Bill, H 298 was introduce to correct the effects of the Senate bill. The House bill died without being adopted but is certain to be bought up again in the coming Legislative session. In the meantime, advocates such as Mr. Droz have been speaking out and as more is known, the adoption of the House bill seems to have a better chance of passage. Mr. Droz is of the belief that there is no net societal benefit to be gained from Wind Mill Farms, but he seeks to inform the population of the effected counties, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan and Terrell, so that science will be the determining factor rather than the hype of the developers. These groups dangle revenue in front of elected leaders whose counties need economic development, of any kind. The elected leaders are receptive because it provides a relief valve that reduces the need to increase property taxes in order to offset the rising costs of government. The citizens of Chowan Co came to this meeting in order to be proactive in their consideration of what was presented. The meeting was very well attended including Commissioners from Perquimans and Terrell Co. Although no poll was taken, the overall sentiment of those in attendance appeared to oppose going forward although that sentiment was not universal. Some citizens stated that they wanted to study the issue in detail while others questioned why European Country’s seem to be more favorable. The video these voters saw, involved people in upstate New York who dealt with the onset of Wind Energy in their community. The plan was accepted by the citizens as a good thing, initially, for all the reasons that we have heard. But as people began to understand the details, differences began to develop that pitted neighbor against neighbor as well as pitting citizens and their elected leaders against each other. After a period of a couple of years of disagreement the elected officials were voted out of office. In the case of Chowan Co, Apex Development representatives have come to their county to sell the project. The Commissioners that attended the meeting from Terrell and Perquimans Counties were both Republicans. It is presumed that they will report their findings. The people in the video were critical of the Investor Sales Reps who seemed to prey upon poor counties where the community leaders could be swayed by the financial considerations in their area, not the noise and real estate value concerns of the citizens. In the end, Mr. Droz stated repeatedly that there is no, Net Positive, benefit to the citizens or the community from these projects. Further, this process is lobbyist driven only and that the only reason the investors are involved is because of the Federal Tax Subsidies, similar to the Solar Energy investments by the Dept. of Energy, last year. At present, there are 20 states with laws that are friendly to these developers. However, the turbines stand a minimum of 400 feet tall to a maximum of 600 ft. Therefore, as people learn more about all the details, opposition appears to be growing. Large landowners seem to favor the turbines while small landowners are less so. The video stated that this issue has health and financial implications and the citizens of our counties need to understand all the details, before their elected leaders make a commitment to proceed. In order to know more, please consult, Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. Once there click on NC at the top task bar. A few years ago, the Commissioners of Carteret Co voted in favor of allowing wind projects to proceed. Then as more became known about the downside, the citizens took a negative view of these projects which lead to the Commissioners reversing their position. The Commissioners of Perquimans Co., admit that the Wind Farm project represents 1cent in property taxes. That of coarse is before the Commissioners consider a tax rebate to the developer. The Commissioners in Pasquotank Co, except one, are in favor of these projects because “ it is better than nothing “. Are these reasons good enough? Will these economic benefits be worth the costs? Will Real Estate values to adjoining properties be negatively affected? Will the health risks be a negative consideration? Only time will tell. Does your company have a product in need of marketing? The Albemarle Tradewinds staff will set-up locations, market your product and sell business to business for you. Give us a call Albemarle Tradewinds January 2015 5