Growing up in the metropolis of Derry, I discovered that Southern New Hampshire living wasn’t for me. I needed a haven. Someplace beautiful to cultivate the interests of an American teenager. In 2009, I moved to Sugar Hill.
In the North Country, beautiful views are found in abundance. There are friendly people, jobs, and an escape for tourists who wish to remove themselves from the “Rat Race” on the weekends. After entering Profile School, I knew this was the place for me. My school is inspiring, engaging and challenging, the three criteria of its mission statement. Many of my classmates and neighbors work in the tourism industry, and so do I. Our life is wonderful up here. Now PSNH is attempting to install towers- hydro-electric power- and a job creating plan nonpareil to any other. Colorful brochures were sent in the mail, all was fine- until a mass epiphany occurred. These 135 foot tall towers will be tearing up forty-five miles of our home. 1,200 jobs may be created per year due to the lines, but what about those lost from tourism? Who would want to visit the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire when views are obstructed by power lines? Unless tourists wish to see how our power lines differ from their own, I highly doubt our income from this industry will remain the same.
The 1,200 jobs created will only last the few short years of construction. Some will stay but many will go. Where will these people find work? Some may even lose much of their land. With the Right of Way laws, North Country residents are at risk of losing what they hold so dearly. For us, a home is not just a place to live, it’s our lives. Our communities are strong and our love of the outdoors stronger. To build massive power lines is to take away the outdoors. And for what? How are these “job creating, tax paying” lines going to benefit us? The taxes PSNH pays will not make up for the income families lose. Our state is receiving little benefit from these lines. We already produce more than enough energy for ourselves, so why do we need more? If hydro-electric lines are environmentally friendly, why are they ruining the ecosystem of the lands on which they are built?
Finally, the radiation emitted from these lines is likely to cause health risks for all. Cancer is already a prominent issue in society, so why increase it? PSNH plans to build a series of power lines behind Profile School, my school. If this kind of radiation can increase childhood leukemia, why are they building these lines? Are my classmates and I going to die prematurely due to exposure? It may not just be my classmates, either. PSNH has yet to finalize their entire plan, thus more schools could be affected.
In kindergarten, we learn to never take something that isn’t ours. If PSNH builds these lines in their proposed paths, I guess students of Profile School will learn a lesson from the real world.