I wasn’t going give credence to Scott Tedrick’s article in the last week’s Advocate Tribune with a letter, but I remain agitated by his presumptuous attitude. He has the answers to what ails all of us concerning every contentious issue in multiple communities. He felt compelled to write his multi-topical, meandering and opinionated article that went to the heart of Granite Falls, and as a result, I too must write.
He seems to say that we should just do away with our dam that identifies, beautifies, and electrifies our Minnesota River hometown. I wonder if it was his vision alone, or was it a shared vision with those who feel the fish, including the Asian carp, should swim further up the river.
Scott’s claim that the attachment that Granite Falls has to its dam is an admirable but emotional connection that idolizes the physical structure is wrong. He likens it to the removal of the Minnesota Falls Dam, and the wonderful things that may be coming as a result of its removal. The Granite Falls Dam’s greater attributes deserve more than the cultural revelation that is granted to it in the article.
The removal of such an iconic structure is made easier, in his mind, because some were successful in removing the Minnesota Falls Dam. The impediment that the Granite Falls Dam possesses is more than a minimization of the Minnesota Falls Dam, and because of that, the Granite Falls Dam deserves more than your cultural revelations granted it.
The Granite Falls Dam helps keep the Asian carp from moving upstream, generates cheaper electricity with no carbon footprint, and has no storage problem concerning unused power. The river flows, hopefully, more consistently than the wind blows. Since aesthetics were a justification for the K.K.Berge building to remain and the footbridge to be refurbished at great public expense, how can the beauty of the Falls be of less value? It appears in every logo and symbol relating to Granite Falls.
Granite Falls Energy’s first decision concerning their river water intake was their decision – right or wrong. There is probably more behind that decision than we know or I want to know. However, in your clairvoyance, do you know that the Granite Falls Dam is going to fail – absolutely and for sure as you imply? Wind towers also have a cost, have no storage capacity at this time, are not as beautiful as the dam, are a danger to birds and may have a health effect on people living near them, and the electricity produced has a higher cost.
Page 2 of 2 - Thank you, Scott, for sharing your revelations and opinions, as I have just shared mine and those of a few others in the community.