Dear Governor Patrick

Thank you for working to bring business to our state
Now help Cape Cod build its tourism business

By Walter Brooks

Reading the press reports in Britain and Israel about your trip aboard educated us about the value to our state your recent trip produced. It's refreshing to have a governor working for the Commonwealth rather than his own personal political ambitions for which your predecessor was guilty.

Now you can do as much for Cape Cod.

Ask our Cape Cod Regional Chamber officials attending today's tourism conference to cease being the last major opposition to the Cape Wind farm which will be a huge boost to our tourism if the regional, tax-funded, chamber got out of the way.

As you, Congressman Keating, Hy-Line Cruise Lines, State Senator Wolf and a vast majority of Bay State and Cape Cod voters know, having America's first off shore wind farm here will be an enormous boost to tourism which is one of the state's most important business sectors.

The Palm Springs wind farm is a major attraction. Below is what our chamber's postcard should look like.

If anyone doubts that assertion, ask them to talk to Phillip and David Scudder at Hy-Line Cruises or the Palm Springs California Chamber of Commerce where their almost ancient wind farm remains the area's second most visited attraction after three decades.

I also founded Best Read Guides which has an edition in Palm Springs and many other US family tourist destinations, and as a taxpayer I am furious that my tax money is funding a quasi-non profit like the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce as it opposes my economic good and that of our entire region.

There are better ways for you to budget the state's diminishing revenues than to financially support an anti-business organization.

Chamber gets $709,255 from Cape & Island license plates

The chamber already gets most of the revenue from the C&I license plates. That business generates about $1 million a year for 5 local organizations. 35 percent goes to the Cape Cod Chamber, 35 percent goes to the County EDC which is many of the same people, and the rest goes to the Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Chambers and the Lower Cape CDC.

None are as worthy as the other charities that get the other special state sanctioned plates money.

There IS a better way

Governor, since "all politics is local", have you even considered supporting our local chambers instead?

Their organization,  Local Chambers Collaborative, includes the chambers from Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Orleans, Sandwich, Wellfleet and Wareham.

That's over a dozen local towns chambers who will spend our taxpayer gifts wisely and well. 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