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A BAD MOVE
Reckless does not begin to describe the Trump Administration's decision to expand offshore oil and gas drilling coast-to-coast.
This unprecedented move ignores concerns expressed by military leaders and the deep and widespread bipartisan opposition voiced by municipal and state representatives.
Allowing this drilling threatens the safety of our waterfront communities, the health of our oceans, and the future of our climate – not to mention the havoc it could wreak on the local economies of coastal communities, like those across New England, who count on fresh fish and clean beaches for their seafood and tourism industries.
The economic hit that Gulf communities took after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was devastating. Have we learned nothing?
This is not the type of action the American people want or are demanding. I will work with my colleagues from both coasts and both sides of the aisle to oppose this extreme measure and to block further offshore drilling.
There is no reward that could justify these risks.
Rep. William Keating 9th Congressional District
Thirty eight years ago I wrote a letter to the editor of The Cape Codder regarding proposed offshore oil drilling on Georges Bank. Thankfully, exploratory drilling off our coast came up empty back then but bad ideas will always have bad people to keep them alive.
[Now] we learned that the present occupants in the White House will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters.
This is no doubt great news to Big Oil and their lobbyists in Washington but, just as in the past, it's bad news for the rest of us and other lifeforms on the Atlantic seaboard.
Apparently the lessons from the infamous Santa Barbara and Exxon Valdez oil spills, and more recently the tragic Deep Water Horizon oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are lost on these people. (In fact, the Trump Administration is cutting back on safety rules for the industry!)
Fossil fuels are dirty and dangerous and unintended consequences of their production can devastate communities for decades, if not longer.
Before the GOP took total control of the federal government our nation was rapidly moving toward safe renewable energy and a new sustainable economy.
However, with Big Oil and its enablers in power a giant step backward is being taken and the Massachusetts' coastal economy and all ocean life will once again be threatened.
Don Ogden, producer The Enviro Show WXOJ and WMCB Florence, Mass.
2018 : Just believe that good things are on their way. Like Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un realizing that being unhinged is a mental disorder - not a competition.
Happy New Year.
In his Dec. 5 letter, Adam Lange asserts that “illegal immigration costs Massachusetts taxpayers $1.8 billion annually” and that “our state has one of the highest per alien costs.”
Where does he get those numbers? In its editorial of April 18, 2017, the Boston Globe reported that undocumented immigrants “contribute an estimated $11.74 billion a year in state and local taxes.”
Lange is free to accept his “true facts” from anti-immigrant organizations like Mass Fiscal Alliance and the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). But those organizations fail to acknowledge the billions being spent for ICE seizure actions, private prison detention facilities and deportations (which cost taxpayers an average of $23,000).
The Safe Communities Act bill (S.1305) would save taxpayer money that local enforcement of federal immigration laws would otherwise be expensed to the state.
Thoughtful Cape Codders should thank Sen. Julian Cyr for his co-sponsorship of a bill that saves taxpayer money and preserves core human rights values.
L. Michael Hager Eastham
With nonsensical talk by misguided politicians about establishing sanctuary cities and sanctuary states to harbor criminal illegal aliens in recent years, citizens are left with much to ponder.
There are quite likely millions of highly dangerous criminal illegal aliens hiding out in our society, some right here on Cape Cod.
Their crimes can range from identity theft and robbery, to more violent offenses like rape, assault and murder.
The police and/or federal agents can’t chase after all these persons and criminals. It takes much time, money and resources.
With the aforementioned background in mind, we should at least explore new and innovative methods for tackling this challenge.
I believe taking a look at having bounty hunters track & apprehend criminal illegal aliens is one such possible mechanism to assist with solving this daunting task.
Taxpayers, voters and concerned citizens should contact their Congressmen, Senators, and President Trump to ask that this idea be further explored.
Ron Beaty Barnstable County Commissioner