Old Kings Highway Regional Historic District Commission turns its back on the future generations of Cape Cod students
By Walter Brooks
I've lived on Cape Cod for almost a half a century. I was enthusiastic in 1973 when the towns, county and state approved the wonderful idea of preserving the look of Route 6-A from Sandwich to Orleans for future generations.
For decades its members did just that, occasionally upsetting a few plans to repaint a front door pink or purple instead of the colonial green or blue.
But the retrograde members of that commission today seem determined to not only prove we were wrong in establishing this regulatory board, but in driving those very same "future generations" away from the Cape leaving only the kind of frustrated, old men and old minds I saw at their meeting yesterday when the Old Kings Highway Regional Historic District Commission voted 5-0 to uphold a denial of the Cape Cod Community College's plan to build a 243-foot-tall turbine on its West Barnstable campus by the OKH's Barnstable committee.
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Sitting in the packing meeting room at the West Barnstable Fire Station yesterday with a hundred others, I felt like I had been time warped into a know-nothing past where the old, the few and the powerful over-road the needs of their lessers.
These men simply "know better" than you and I. They believe that Cape Cod can somehow survive and prosper by turning its back on technology and the future for their false belief that a 200 foot wind turbine is ugly while a 400 foot cell tower is OK.
The OKH attitude and reasons for denying the college its very purpose is ludicrous. The comments by OKH members were anti-intellectual and this in the midst of the worse recession in our lives and when the college is struggling with a reduced budget to educate our children. They have managed to make preservation unpatriotic.
As one of our readers commented on the news story today. "perhaps the Barnstable Town Council should look at the membership of its Old King's Highway Commission. With all that CCCC has done for the community recently, including its prominent role in OpenCape, the 'hysterical commission' really ought to be re-populated with members that understand "history's" coexistence with the 'here and now'".
You can call the Barnstable OKH members at (508) 862-4787 or email the Town Hall with your feelings on this matter at [email protected].