What I’m Thinking

Don’t Look the Other Way

Once again, I started out to write one thing and am now writing another. I had intended to point out that during our beautiful weekend we were under an air quality alert. Driven by the heat and southwesterly winds from the industrial Midwest and auto emissions, we had...

Stay Engaged

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am a little worn down by the world. Obviously, Covid has made life harder, much more for some of us than others for sure, and we each have our own family/life/work challenges to face. But there is more to all this, and for me it’s the backdrop of...

Time to Stop & Think

“There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear” – Buffalo Springfield There is a lot going on, and if it feels like the sand is shifting beneath your feet, it is. The changes driven by the pandemic response have touched everyone and have altered...

More Good News

The voters of Orleans turned out in high numbers to purchase and protect more valuable open space and to approve an additional $12 million to fully fund higher than expected construction costs for their wastewater program. Conservation land purchases are always a...

Celebrating the Positive

At our weekly staff meeting I asked for thoughts on what to write about today. It was suggested that I try focusing on some good things that are happening instead of pulling my flamethrower out of the closet yet again. While not my usual, I decided to try it and give...

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...