What I’m Thinking

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 and...

Keep your eye on the ball.

At a time when the federal government should be singularly focused on protecting the public health and welfare, the EPA is using the Covid-19 pandemic to give polluters a pass on routine compliance monitoring, reporting and attainment of pollution standards. It’s bad...

Voters are leading

Voters are leading. The effort to have town meetings across the Cape consider the declaration of a climate emergency is a great example of leadership coming from citizens. It is encouraging that there is a broad understanding of the threat posed by climate change...

A Democracy Requires Participation

For the second time in my life I had the opportunity to meet with someone actively running for President. Bill Weld was on the Cape yesterday and we spent a little under an hour talking about the issues of importance on Cape Cod. The significance of the conversation...

2020 is upon us

2020 is upon us. If you are like me, the year has arrived with an unsettling feeling. The world is, literally, on fire and geopolitics are undergoing seismic shifts. We live in uncertain times and many people have chosen, out of psychological self-preservation, to...

2019 was a good year for APCC

With your support we were able to focus public attention on water quality through our groundbreaking report, State of the Waters: Cape Cod. We fought back against misguided and harmful federal proposals to open the coastal waters off Cape Cod to oil and gas...

Pump the brakes

The recent announcement that the Commonwealth will change highway exit numbers to comply with federal standards has touched off a cascade of complaints and criticism. Talk radio, newspapers and internet posts have all decried the change, citing one iteration or...