Lise King’s Experience
To the editor:
Local newspapers sometimes endorse candidates for elected positions based on their qualifications, experience, and demonstrated desire to work for the good of the community.
Before you come to a decision about which candidate deserves to represent Provincetown as a member of the select board, I encourage you (and every voter) to first read about Lise King at selectlise.com.
After reading about this amazing individual, ask yourself, should Provincetown take a chance on:
(1) A new, inexperienced select board member at a time when our new town manager, inexperienced himself with our town manager-type government, will need all the experienced help he can get, especially during the beginning of his tenure?
(2) A relatively new town resident (five years) having an understanding of town needs versus wants and being qualified to make decisions that will affect our entire community, older residents, part-time residents, and new people moving to town?
(3) Lise King, a long-term town resident, with children brought up in our town, who is not only a respected elected selectperson but a tireless advocate for the well-being of all Provincetown residents, with more credentials for office and credibility than can be enumerated here?
Lise King is the only candidate with local government experience. This election should be a “no-brainer” for the Provincetown electorate.
Although I share Lise King’s love for Provincetown, I am in no way related to her. We both just happen to have the same last name.
Provincetown and Stanfordville, N.Y.
Editor’s note: The Independent does not, as a newspaper, endorse candidates, though individual writers are free to do so.
‘Fling Open Your Windows’
To the editor:
I was going to write to you if things didn’t go as the Provincetown Theater had hoped at the licensing board meeting last week, but I write anyway about the surrounding property owners who, for whatever short-sighted and selfish reasons, reared their voices to destroy whatever hope the theater had to recover from the most devastating year in its history. I am delighted to say they did not succeed.
Every objection began with “I”: “I bought my property in the quiet East End for a reason.” “I pay taxes!” The people on the board of the Provincetown Theater and the people employed there pay taxes, too.
The majority of the theaters on the Cape, from P’town to Barnstable, have plans to move their venues outdoors, to keep their companies and their audiences safe. I’ll bet their communities rally around them.
The Provincetown Theater asks for eight weeks out of 52, at a quarter of its normal capacity, and it has taken great pains to be conscious of those around it.
To all those opposed to this, consider your current small view of the world and be generous. Think of someone else for a moment. Open up your checkbook and make a big fat donation to the Provincetown Theater and fling open your windows and enjoy the plays and pray that they will see a next year.
Editor’s note: See Howard Karren’s report on the coming theater season in this week’s Independent.
Glyphosate and the Aquifer
To the editor:
As a near abutter to the power lines in Wellfleet, I oppose Eversource’s highhandedness in ignoring local sentiment and laws and spraying suspect chemicals on the right-of-way (“Eversource to Use Glyphosate on Power Lines,” March 25, page 1).
The big complaint is the likelihood that the chemicals will make their way down through our porous, sandy soil to our only source of drinking water, not far beneath the surface. It’s a scary thought.
But after many years that the spraying has been going on, shouldn’t town testing of our drinking water tell us one way or the other whether the chemicals have in fact invaded the aquifer? If tests show that the chemicals are in the water, presumably the state agency would not allow it. If, according to testing, chemicals are not in fact making it into our drinking water, wouldn’t that be reassuring?
And if, for some reason, there has been no testing, why not?
To the editor:
Congratulations on winning 14 press awards in your first year of operation [April 15, page 4]. They are well deserved, as the Independent has been a breath of fresh air for news reporting on the Outer Cape.
The paper has excellent graphics and is timely and varied in its choice of topics. The writing reflects a depth of research, a well-honed writing style, and a light touch when appropriate. Thank you for exhibiting local journalism at its best.