While You Weren’t Looking…

Reading the news last week and learning that in just one day the president had proudly publicized three anti-environment initiatives, I was reminded of the closing scene of the original Terminator movie (the original great one, not the lousy sequels that followed...

Silence is Consent

I was going to write about something else today, but I just couldn’t. After spending Monday night watching my government disperse peaceful, yes peaceful, protesters with flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets just to enable a cynical and shameful photo-op, some...

The Friday News Dump

If you have bad news to bury, put it out on a Friday. And if it is really bad news, put it out on the Friday of a holiday weekend. It’s a technique as old as newspapers themselves. So, who better to utilize this technique than the Cape Cod Times (CCT) itself? In case...

False choices lead to bad outcomes

False choices lead to bad outcomes. We hear it all the time. We are told, you can’t have both a clean environment and jobs. You want a responsible climate change policy? Then you must want higher gas prices. Locally, the discussion is often cast to force a choice...

Unexpected Good News

Starved as we all are for some good news from anywhere these days, it was still surprising that it came out of the United States Supreme Court. In a victory for water quality and environmental advocates against the County of Maui in Hawaii, and supported by the Trump...

Not the Time to Back Off

It’s predictable, and a mistake. Faced with reasonable concerns about the impact of the pandemic on municipal budgets, towns are reviewing spending plans for next year. They should. That said, towns should resist the calls to delay moving forward with wastewater...