Your May 4 editorial said “opponents of wind power are no doubt celebrating” that Highland Wind LLC’s proposal had been withdrawn.

We are not. We recognize that Highland Wind is gaming the system. The developers appreciate the Expedited Wind Law when it works in their favor, but that abbreviated time frame proved to be a bane for the developer when its project was challenged by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Lest anyone think that report came as a surprise to Highland Wind, the IF&W report says that it “provided technical assistance and consultations to this project since 2007. Despite considerable discussions and previous project modifications, an array of concerns remain unresolved.”

You also write that opponents “are not cheering because they love the Roaring Brook mayfly, or are appreciators of the northern bog lemming.” The writer surely realizes that many other species are affected every time one is endangered or lost. The writer trivializes a mayfly – but that species has thus far been found only in Maine.

You assert that “opposition has come from people who don’t want to look at turbines.” Such statements have one purpose: to turn public opinion against opponents of industrial wind. To belittle us as selfish elitists who put our “back- yard” view above other, more important issues. A view has value, as evidenced by the fact that real estate with gorgeous vistas commands higher prices on the market. Views are an integral part of Maine’s celebrated “Quality of Place,” and they bring billions of tourism dollars to our state’s economy.

But those issues are only a small fragment of the whole story. Readers should do independent research into Maine’s wind energy plan.

The Press Herald doesn’t appear interested in the truth, but in throwing its weight behind the industrial wind lobby.