Wind energy proponents often talk up the benefits to the local communities of their projects. Usually cited are the lease payments to landowners, increased tax revenues and increased tourist revenue. What you generally don’t hear is any word from the locals themselves. Many times the landowners have signed gag orders as part of their leases and cannot speak out to the detriment of the developers. So when someone reports on an unfiltered discussion with the locals, it is worth paying attention to. This letter to the editor, published in the Goderich Signal-Star, is well worth reading.