Summit Cove solar flare-up: What do the children think?
Ryan Summerlin August 11, 2013
Re: Ben Trollinger’s August 7 column, Solar arrays and sights unseen
“In Summit County, we want chickens in our backyards not solar panels … At some point we need to talk frankly about how we plan and what we’re willing to live with and next door to.”
Does frankness mean hashing out the controversial by riding the SDN Daily Mail merry-go-round of opinions (Re: “Protecting the jewel of Summit Cove,” “Put the panels somewhere else,” “There up over lack of notification,” “Becoming Brecklandia,” “Point of no return”)? I’ve read them all and come to the conclusion the core complaint isn’t in defense of open space and wetlands protection, the view corridor or poor communication with the school board. It’s about defense of personal territory (aka property owners) and the solar array issue seems important enough for Summit Cove to act like an HOA with their already determined rules and regulations.
Like a parent attacking a referee at a lacrosse game it doesn’t matter who throws the winning punch if your kid is watching. The Summit Cove kids know the truth of what’s going on. Whatever comes from this solar array the legacy goes to them not us.
I lived in Summit Cove and drove a Summit County school bus—my route included Summit Cove. The kids on my bus weren’t naïve concerning issues or hypocrisy. Why not include them in the process of resolution of this territorial dilemma? After all it’s their school more than it is the school board’s or yours.
On the last day I drove my route I told them this story. Two Chinese men were walking together. Each time they passed a person of notoriety one bowed but the other didn’t. Instead he only bowed to the children. Finally, the one asked the other why. His reply, “The adults I know who they are but the children I do not yet know what they will become.” When I finished I stood up and bowed to them. Their response was spontaneous applause. That afternoon when I drove them to their homes in Summit Cove a girl named Hannah stood in front of my bus and bowed. When all is said and done and a resolution is achieved will your children bow?
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