Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Wise Guys

The Cape Cod Times, one of our favorite daily publications on Cape Cod, ran a self-serving letter to the editor today, in support of Wise Living, the 60-plus affluent home-ownership proposal for the Grade 5 School in Hyannis. This was the option preferred (over a Catholic High School) the editors preferred in a in a recent Times' editorial.

The letter was self-serving because it was from the Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Corp., Rick Presbrey, who failed to adequately mention that the offer by Wise Living of land and money (about $1 million) to move the homeless out of downtown Hyannis and into Hyannis woods, would pass through his agency.

Isn't moving the homeless out of town, self-serving for the affluent-living developer as well? There seems to be alot of that going around.


At 7:36 AM, Blogger Cape Media Watch said...


Wise Living proposal is best for Hyannis

In response to Felicia Penn's May 4 My View, the choice facing Barnstable is whether the Grade 5 School should become a private high school or senior residences.
The Wise Living plan would result in 60-plus affluent
homeowners living, shopping, dining and otherwise supporting the revitalization of downtown Hyannis. Wise Living's $28 million private investment would leverage public monies already going toward this effort.
Wise Living would also provide land and money to move the NOAH shelter, which we operate, out of downtown and into a larger facility providing comprehensive 24-hour services. This approach, recommended by the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, will allow us to better serve our homeless population.
Felicia wrote that the Hyannis Mets will leave Hyannis if the Wise proposal is chosen. Mets president Geoff Converse told us unequivocally the Mets have no such intention. Based on discussions, I think the Mets will win either way.
Which project is best for the town in the short run is debatable. What is certain is that upscale housing will make a gigantic difference in Hyannis' long-term health. I think a Catholic high school is a good idea, but the Wise proposal is better, in the long run, for Hyannis.
Rick Presbrey
Executive director, Housing
Assistance Corp.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In what way is this self-serving to the Times? The Times simply ran a letter to the editor. How is that self-serving? Then you go on to state that it was "also self-serving" ("also" implies that the first reason has been stated, which it hasn't) because it was from Rick Presbrey--how is that self-serving to the Times? In the letter, Rick clearly states that the money is going to his agency. Again, how is this "self-serving" to the Cape Cod Times?

Am I missing something here? This assertion by CapeMediaWatch is lacking substantiating facts and documentation, as well as a critical thought process.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Cape Media Watch said...

I think your anonymous critic has a point, blogmate. How was it self-serving for the Times to run that letter? Jack

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Cape Media Watch said...

I see what you mean - self-serving on the part of the letter writer - Jack

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