Letter to the Editor:
The latest upheaval coming from County government has nothing to do with issues or the collective wisdom of all our Cape Officials but the lack of vision of a dysfunctional government structure. It is grandstanding, posturing and politics.
Full disclosure I have intended to run for County Commissioner for quite some time (I have obtained requisite signatures last two times but defered for friends).
My civic involvements and dry runs against longtime impenetrable incumbents for local and County seats representing Yarmouth were designed to show my knowledge of the issues both locally and regionally and keep my name out there.
My vision to reform County government have the typical cronyism road blocks. My first step was to present alternative organizational structures and drive conversations about what the county should be doing, that the public simply didn’t know at all.
My quest to beat the unbeatable foes is not an impossible dream but simply that there are no easier, beatable incumbents anywhere than here because of the divisive hyper-partisanship that elicits the on-going dysfunction.
The state delegation can have opinions and continue “Beaty-ing” a dead horse or they can finally usher changes to the charter, that I have championed. We clearly need three Regional Commissioners (upper/lower/mid cape -close to State Rep Districts but with town delineation with each representing five of the 15 County towns). Town Assembly Representatives and Commissioners -(County Senators) and an At-Large Executive Commissioner (Elected County Manager) determined by the highest vote getter of all the County Senators serving as tie breaking Chair, would make clear the bicameral and executive branches of the county legislative process to the CC electorate and all would be non-partisan positions.
In the meantime, (There are clearly no effective solutions now). I will be running with the political designation of “Gulf War Veteran”, (no party primary) so people will have the choice with their two votes, and not just party line for or against, extreme left and right agendas.
There are no left or right wing solutions. There are unique visionary solutions and unique visionary leaders, who demand change not stagnant old business as usual sticks in the mud.
I once again, call on our delegation to finally change the charter to include recall provisions but with a vision to change how the county interacts for CC. If you want to keep getting what you been getting, keep doing what you been doing.
We can exact change and truly get our representation from all levels. We can get proper education funds, infrastructure jobs, transportation for bridges, monorail, ferries and education help from Reps./Gov.
We are 1/9th of the state that gets less than1/30th of funding. The MBTA gets billions. Others get highway, Commuter Rail and ferry service funds too and more for state schools for UMass and Bridgewater State (BSU) while Yarmouth gets a buck a year for a State School in our building.
We could have Higher-Ed medical research and we can have public-private partnerships that take advantage of all of our age demographics.
Where in the world do you have a geographical case study for cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s etc. within minutes of research medical, educational and biotechnology within minutes of the population?
If you get the expanded campuses and satellite facilities here to build work force housing, you will have educators, Drs./Nurses,technicians and students here all with luxury views.
Imagine UMass Medical Cape Cod (CC) Harvard Opthmology CC, CCHC Technology Training Ctr., BSU Teacher Training Facility, Tufts Veterans Outreach PTSD and/or an Equine Veterinarian therapy center and school (Vets for Vets), CC Fire and Police Training Academy, IFAW (YARMOUTH) Science Center , WHOI Coastel Academy (Falmouth) for our students, CC Alzheimer’s Biotech Research Center, etc. or we can have tweets, squabbles, partisan posturing and dysfunction about parking spots, Yelp post, and/or national philosophical disputes that have nothing to do with CC and provide no solutions for the average Cape Codder of any persuasion!
I call on the media to publicize all county races before elections as opposed to sensationalizing tweets after them. Otherwise we are just “Beaty-ing” a dead horse!
The Author is a Retired Boston Firefighter/101st Abn-Gulf War Veteran and an Elected Commissioner on the Yarmouth Housing Authority.