Opinion/Letters: 'Exploiting people for political stunts tells you all you need to know'


What kind of people treat others (women, men and children) with such disrespect and cruelty that they lie to them, tell them they’re going to Boston for work, and then put them on a plane and send them — as if they were cargo materials — to an island completely unannounced. Not even coordinating with officials or having the decency to notify anyone else that these human beings were going to be arriving there. The only place they notified was Fox News! Exploiting people for political stunts tells you all you need to know about them. They are nothing but unscrupulous cowards!

Thankfully, the great people of Martha's Vineyard welcomed and cared for these migrants with dignity kindness and warmth. This type of decency, humanity and respect is so needed to be restored to our entire country. Our nation is crying for it.

Gwen Johnson, Harwich

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Mike Rice,South Wellfleet

Say 'no' to power cable at Dowses Beach

On September 6, the Osterville Village Association invited Avangrid Renewables to meet with local citizens regarding its plan to land a submarine power cable at Dowses Beach. Barnstable, which has already endured such a project at Covell’s Beach, has agreed to a second industrial-scale construction project on the west end of Craigville Beach and is now facing an even larger, by a third, project at Dowses.

All of our beaches are beautiful and treasured by those who make this town their home. But in terms of quiet beauty, accessibility, and environmental fragility, Dowses is unique. The causeway, East Bay and Phinneys Bay, the fishing pier and boat channel, the dune system and abundant wildlife — all will be endangered by Avangrid’s proposed multi-year, heavy-duty construction project. Barnstable seems proud of saying “yes” to giant power cable landings. We should all say “no” to this one.

Susanne Conley, Osterville

Orleans accepting CPA grant requests

This afternoon was one of those magic days we regularly get in the fall on Cape Cod. Bright and cool. Everything sparkled.

An afternoon bike tour of Orleans brought into focus some of the special, positive acts our neighbors have facilitated through their support of the Community Preservation Act: the village for autistic adults, the newly renovated steeple at the Federated Church in East Orleans, a story trail for children in an open space area, umbrellas at the playground at the middle school, progress on improvements to the Veterans Memorial Park, upgraded safety and new access to the Cape Cod Bike trail. These examples give just a taste of the much wider universe of quality-enhancing, CPA-assisted activities that Orleans has benefitted from since joining the program in 2005.

The Orleans Community Preservation Committee is now starting a process to solicit and review a new round of grant applications in its core areas of open space, affordable housing, recreation, and historic preservation.

Details on the application process and application forms are found at the Committee’s website. This year the deadline for applications is Nov. 21, 2022. The Committee welcomes applications from a variety of sources including local nonprofits, town committees and citizens.

Members of the Committee stand ready to answer any questions potential applicants might have.

Walter North, Chair, Orleans Community Preservation Committee

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Opinion/Letters:'Unscrupulous cowards' use people as political stunts