And a child shall mislead them

Cape Cod Times urges wind farm decision be made by children rather than adults
Calls for teachers to spend publicly paid time leading a "Children's Crusade"

By Walter Brooks

Reading what was once one of the greatest regional daily newspapers in America slip ever lower into the troubling trough of malicious mendacity reached a new and despicable nadir today when Cape Cod Times Editorial Page Editor Bill Mills urged publicly paid school teachers on Cape Cod to spend their already taxed time encouraging your kids and mine to write to the US Department of the Interior to stop America's first offshore wind farm.

Mills lead editorial began;

Tomorrow ends the public comment period on the proposed wind farm on Nantucket Sound, and today every child who has access to a computer should be given the opportunity to let the federal government know whether he or she wants to see 130 wind turbines sunken into the sands of Horseshoe Shoal...

Teachers and parents across the Cape and Islands can help make this a reality by setting aside one hour to discuss some of the key questions in the historical debate, leaving time for students to e-mail their viewpoints on the project and whether it should be built in Nantucket Sound or moved to some other, less controversial site.

It's more than disingenuous for Mr. Mill to suggest at one hour spent studying the issue is rationally enough time for children to understand what two government agencies has each spent many, many years studying to say nothing of the thousands of pages of information in two of these Environmental Impact Studies.

We have to hope that Mr. Mills is following orders from his anti-wind farm masters since no editor who served under Bill Breisky for all those years could possibly be this hypocritical with the readers he has left.

Apparently the Alliance-led administrators who run the Cape Cod Times are becoming aware that their highly slanted, anti-wind farm editorial Jihad, unremittingly waged over the past nine years, is not only failing, but costing the newspaper thousands of its reader who have been turned off by their obvious bias. So they turn to others to stop our nation's renewable energy revolution.

Is it Mr. Murdoch's wish that his minions here destroy this once-great newspaper's repute, or some personal bias of his local managers?

We are aware of the newspaper owner, Rupert Murdoch's, ultra conservative beliefs. After all he created FOX News and continues to run the New York Post at a horrendous annual financial loss to have an anti-Obama newspaper in that city, but is it Mr. Murdoch's wish that his minions here destroy this once-great newspaper's repute because of some personal bias of his Cape Cod managers?

We hope not, because Mr. Murdoch is above all a pragmatist, and he knows that he must "profit or perish". He must also be aware that the game is lost, and the D.O.I. will in its wisdom approve the project.

Murdoch must also know that a majority of Cape Codders are in favor of the project. The news today that Cape Wind will save New Englanders $185 million a year, $4.6 billion in the next 25 years, is the kind of news he welcomes despite the efforts of his local daily to diminish the report in their published version by interviewing an ex-employee of the discredited Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound in an attempt to discredit the Charles River Associates, one of the world's most trusted and respected research companies.

Add all this to the "Chinese water torture" of the Cape Cod Times daily editorial cartoon attacking Mr. Obama, and you have a recipe for newspaper business failure which the Cape Cod Times has pretty much perfected.

I probably should be thanking them instead of scolding them for handing Cape Cod TODAY their franchise. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on