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Okay, you took a position on the Cape Wind project in “This Story Blows” (News and Features, June 1) and that is your prerogative. Yet your piece reflected a tried-and-true tactic used by Cape Wind advocates: go personal on anyone who has the audacity to oppose this special-interest project. My view is, if you liked the Big Dig, you’ll love Cape Wind. Where else can a private developer get more than $1 billion of taxpayer dollars, and get to use 25 square miles of the people’s ocean property to line his pockets? Isn’t this a great country when a private developer can write his own self-serving legislation and not abide by a process?
 
And what about the legitimate concerns of environmentalists, fishermen, shipping captains, pilots, the US Department of Defense, airport operators, state and local officials, boaters, and countless others who have given testimony about the economic, environmental, and human-safety issues that continue to fall on deaf ears at Cape Wind? 
 
Throughout the gubernatorial campaign, I did my best to tell the other side of this issue, and was astonished by what the public did not know and does not know — even today — about this proposed industrial power plant. But that’s what special-interest legislation is all about: win at any cost. As far as the people go, any time it has been brought to a vote in any of our Cape Cod towns, the answer has been a resounding “no.” But who listens to the people when you can write your own legislation?

Christy Mihos
Co-Chairman of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound
West Yarmouth

I must say, “This Story Blows” really does. It would have helped if you had looked at Walter Brooks’s site, capecodtoday.com, before giving any credibility at all to what goes on there.

For weeks, Brooks, a single-minded supporter and promoter of the Cape Wind project, has written numerous outraged articles, solicited angry letters from pro–Cape Wind supporters, published two versions of the same accusatory and threatening letter to the Cape Cod Museum (both of which have mysteriously disappeared from the site), invented what he calls “a windstorm of protest,” and made phone calls to NPR’s WGBH in Boston, the parent company of its local affiliate WCAI, in an attempt to embarrass and bully them into promoting the Cape Wind book on air.

Brooks claims that “The alleged boycott of a book is an incredibly embarrassing accusation against an institution with a reputation for fighting for freedom of speech and open government.” I find it absolutely hilarious that Brooks has accused media outlets of censorship and of boycotting Cape Wind, since capecodtoday.com regularly censors its readers and bloggers; provides only one-sided pro–Cape Wind articles; deletes, admonishes, and alters comments; suppresses open debate; and either outright bans people from exercising that same freedom of speech with regard to public comments on the Cape Wind project or threatens to do so.

A one-hour appearance on NPR’s The Diane Rhem Show that aired on the local affiliates apparently isn’t good enough for Cape Wind co-author Wendy Williams and self-assigned book promoter Walter Brooks.

But since when is a radio station obligated to promote anyone’s book?

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