Saluda community meeting on Duke Power problem draws massive crowd

Saluda’s residents are deeply troubled by Duke Power’s plans, and they are not afraid to show it.

At a meeting today at the Saluda Fire Department, approximately 700 people – a crowd the size of about half of the population of the whole town – attended presentations to education local residents about Duke’s Western Carolinas Modernization Project.

Event coordinator Cathy Jackson told the Tryon Daily Bulletin that this was the “biggest turnout for anything held in Saluda.”

Presenters focused on Duke’s purported reasoning for the project, as well as helping people without Internet access to submit comments.  Mark Stierwalt, a MountainTrue respresentative, also spoke, emphasizing the need for a united voice, instead of the divisive approach that saying “not in my backyard” represents.  Again from the Tryon Daily Bulletin:

 “With a collective voice we are much louder, we’re all on the same team,” said Stierwalt. “They want to divide and conquer.”  Stierwalt fears that the passion to fight the project as a whole will be lost once the official line is announced. “Even if they choose a line that isn’t in your backyard, you need to continue to fight like it is,” said Stierwalt. “This is our community.”

Attendees of the meeting echoed this collective approach.  Kate Bond, a resident of Lake Adger, said:

 “It’s not a question of not in my backyard, it’s a question of not in my Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Lake Adger resident Kate Bond. “They’re not just taking property, they’re also taking views.”

Support keeps growing and growing, so stand strong will all of those in our community, and we truly can make a difference and win this fight!