A place to protect
To the Editor:
Thank you for publishing my letter last week regarding the forum at the Chilmark Center this past Sunday to discuss the 166 wind turbines proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick to be placed right off our shores near Nomans and Cuttyhunk. We who live here year-round were looking forward to the three candidates for governor expressing their views and answering our questions.
Charlie Baker showed his respect and concern for our community and attended the forum as he promised he would. Unfortunately, Governor Patrick's surrogate and the third candidate, state Treasurer Tim Cahill both cancelled at the last minute. Candidate Baker seemed to understand fully the environmental and economic risks created by placing an industrial size wind factory so close to our shores.
Although we may not represent a large percentage of the state's voters, we do take seriously our obligation to preserve the East Coast's finest national treasure that we call home. As Capt. Buddy Vanderhoop said at the forum, as a representative of the Wampanoag nation and the Duke's County fishing association, "We did not receive the majestic beauty of the Vineyard, its islands and its waters from our ancestors. We borrowed it from our children."
I would hope that every elected official keeps that quote in mind when deciding the appropriate type and place for alternative forms of energy and listens to the voices of those who live, work and visit here.
Joseph Miron Burkett