Opinions & Editorials

Take the Economic Benefit

A letter writer last week who feels the proposed Nantucket wind farm is being pushed upon her thought it was callous that anyone would see the economic benefi t the project might provide for Falmouth. We understand that not everyone likes the idea of wind turbines in Nantucket Sound; but isn’t it reasonable to appreciate the silver lining to what they perceive to be a dark cloud on the horizon?

Take the Economic Benefit

Falmouth Enterprise Editorial, reprinted in its entirety, with permission.

A letter writer last week who feels the proposed Nantucket wind farm is being pushed upon her thought it was callous that anyone would see the economic benefi t the project might provide for Falmouth. We understand that not everyone likes the idea of wind turbines in Nantucket Sound; but isn’t it reasonable to appreciate the silver lining to what they perceive to be a dark cloud on the horizon?

There can be no doubt that Cape Wind will receive permission to construct turbines in the Sound.

As leader of green economy, Obama should back Cape Wind

AS PRESIDENT OBAMA vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard this week, he had many occasions to look at the horizon. And if he didn’t realize that he was looking at the site of a major dispute over offshore wind power, activists on both sides journeyed to the island to remind him. He should also understand that he can play a key role in resolving it.

Neither Obama nor his administration has yet weighed in on Cape Wind, the controversial 130-turbine wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound that could supply the electricity needs of more than 300,000 homes on the Cape and Islands.

Don't let negativity stall progress

Despite the popularity of "change" in slogans, people often fear it. Change introduces new stuff that vexes people who prefer old stuff. Change that's resisted when first proposed often doesn't look beneficial until after the fact. Change confers benefits unevenly. Nations that pioneered oceanic exploration and trade benefited sharply. People who stuck to their oxcarts were left behind literally and figuratively.

Click here to read this column by Tom Gelsthorpe in the Cape Cod Times

Recent Letters

Four recent Letters to the Editor about Cape Wind in local and regional newspapers.

Boston Globe:

Enough regulatory hurdles for Cape Wind project
July 5, 2009

ALEX LAWTON could not be further off-base in stating that Cape Wind hasn’t received a “full and fair hearing’’ (Letters, June 28).

Cape Wind made good-faith effort with Cape Cod Commission

Op Ed by Cape Wind Communications Director Mark Rodgers as run in the Cape Cod Times on June 26 concerning the recent announcement by the Cape Cod Commission of a new legal challenge.

Cape Wind made good-faith effort

A recent Cape

Spare taxpayers these useless anti-wind suits

By CYNTHIA STEAD  May 28, 2009

It was at any one of a number of public hearings about the Cape Wind project that I saw an acquaintance from West Dennis. I said to him, "Do you remember when you were helping to form the Village Library Association, and I was a member of the Friends of the Dennis Public Library? The whole controversy about building a true public library in Dennisport? And how that would mean the end of the village libraries, and the collapse of the small local groups that support them?