To the Editor:
Northern Pass opponents criticize the "temporary" jobs that the project will create. Apparently they don't realize that every construction job is temporary and that the key to employment is to constantly build new projects. I have made a career out of these "temporary" jobs for the past 40 years. And it's truly a bonus when you can build something that creates jobs and helps the environment.
But "temporary" construction jobs are only part of the employment picture. What about the town and county employees jobs that can be supported with new tax dollars? At a time when most localities are tightening their belts and laying-off workers, we have the opportunity to bring in new revenues that will provide significant support to our towns and county government.
Mayor Paul Grenier of Berlin recently used his "Mayor's Report" to urge people to support the Northern Pass because of the permanent manufacturing jobs that it will bring. Companies like Sturm Rugar are building new manufacturing facilities in North Carolina because New Hampshire has lost its competitive edge. We need a source of low-cost power to bring manufacturing back to our state. The Northern pass will help do just that.