Where the wind blows

Letters to the Boston editor, May 21, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 19, 2010

Thank you for the first nonpartisan, fact-based article I have read regarding the Cape Cod wind-farm project. While I oppose Cape Wind in its current location, I can appreciate both sides of the issue and wish that this project had been planned with input from all the various concerned groups before trying to force it through.

With almost no high ground on Cape Cod to block the winds, the advantage of positioning the wind farm in Nantucket Sound is negated. There is sufficient public “land” on the Cape that would make for easier operation.

Mike Denton
Nantucket

Green science
I am a supporter of Cape Wind, but I can see from the “not in my back yard” perspective. The main issues with this project, next to the start-up expenses and operating costs — like using sacred Native American grounds or jeopardizing the Cape residents’ views — will come up wherever we try to build wind farms. People need to start seeing wind and solar farms as a sign of innovation, technology, and hope for the future. We need to take an optimistic approach to this project and use Cape Wind — even if it’s not as efficient or the same cost that we expected — as a jumping-off point for the revitalization of our economy.

Green economies work, as we can see from European examples. But people need to have open minds and elasticity to error. Next time you write an environmental article, I suggest you include more scientific information, including maybe a basic graph or two so that people can form opinions based on the facts that scientists know about nonrenewable energy reserves and climate change.

Rascha Jelks
Allston

No hot air here
I’ve been scouring the Internet for articles that are more than glorified press releases. Great writing. I’ll be keeping close watch.

Barb Zimmerman
Charlotte, Vermont
Oak Bluffs

Secret lover
In spite of Peter Keough’s awful review, I went to see The Secret in their Eyes. . . and loved it! I asked several others in the audience and, to a man, their reaction was the same. Now I'll have to take Mr. Keough’s reviews “with a grain of salt.”

I spent my entire business career as an executive in the motion-picture-theatre business, so I think I know an outstanding picture when I see it.

Morris K. Englander
Boston

Blowing the whistle on “Blotter”
I’m curious if Matt Taibbi is planning to devote space in a future “Sports Blotter” to the recent murder at the University of Virginia. Perhaps collegiate lacrosse is outside of his purview? I can’t remember the last time that a white athlete was featured in his column, and I find this current omission troubling.

Mike Heep
Somerville

EDITOR’S NOTE This week’s “Sports Blotter” column features the arrest of Mike Ragone, a white backup tight end for Notre Dame.

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