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Opinion

April 26, 2013

Mike Doyle will do the right thing

To the editor:

Vote for Mike Doyle for Newbury selectman in Tuesday’s annual election.

Mike Doyle favors helping our farmers like Donna and Gene Pikul to supplement their farm income by leasing some of their land for a solar farm on Scotland Road.

They need the money, so they can avoid becoming former farmers like Wendy and Colin Smith of Iron Moon Farm on High Road, who are selling.

Former Selectman Doyle says the solar farm will also bring tax revenue to the town and “is not changing the Common Pasture forever.”

Doyle’s opponent, Selectman Chuck Bear, said in his candidate profile in Thursday’s Daily News, “I have no choice but to vote yes, though I would like to vote no.”

However, according to the news story on the selectmen’s solar farm vote, Selectman Bear did what he liked and voted no “against the stipulation that the project was not injurious or obnoxious to its neighbors.”

Newbury needs to do its part in battling climate change by shifting to solar energy, while we support the few farmers we have left.

Mike Doyle will do the right thing.

John Harwood

Newbury

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